U.S. officials confirmed a tense encounter from earlier this week when a U.S. Navy destroyer came up close with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Persian Gulf.
The Iranian vessel approached the USS Mahan with its weapons manned, prompting the US destroyer to alter its course, sound a danger alarm, fire flares, and man its weapons.
"Coming inbound at a high rate of speed like that and manning weapons, despite clear warnings from the ship, is obviously provocative behavior", a USA official told Fox News.
The Mahan responded by attempting to engage in bridge to bridge communications with the vessel to no avail, followed by launching flares meant to warn the smaller Iranian ship away.
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NAVCENT assessed this interaction as unprofessional due to the Iranian vessel closing the distance to the United States ship in violation of the maritime "rules of the road", CENTCOM continued. The incident is the most recent evidence of escalating hostilities between America and Iran.
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy has reportedly increased its "unprofessional" encounters in both the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz since the controversial nuclear deal inked during Barack Obama's administration.
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The Iranian ship did not come closer than 1000 yards and no warning shots were fired.
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The close encounter comes after U.S. secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, slammed Iran for its nuclear weapons programme.
In 2016, there were 35 incidents of unsafe or unprofessional behavior by the Middle Eastern nation's ships, the site concludes.
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