The United States is defending its provoking move against Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf as “professional.”
On Saturday, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) reported a second provocation by US warships in the Persian Gulf waters less than a week after a similar incident.
A US aircraft carrier “flew a helicopter near the Resalat oil and gas platform and approached the IRGC’s ships,” IRGC Navy said in a statement, adding that the US also resorted to shooting flares to warn the Iranian side.
In response, Navy spokesman Lieutenant Ian M. McConnaughey called the move “safe and professional."
The Bahrain-based 5th Fleet also claimed that several Iranian vessels were approaching American ships "at a high rate of speed."
Iranian naval forces are tasked with guaranteeing security within the country’s maritime borders, where they have been involved in a series of face-offs with US vessels for intrusion into Iranian territorial waters.
Iran has repeatedly warned that any act of transgression into Iran’s territorial waters would be met with an immediate and befitting response.
In recent years, Iran’s Navy has increased its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers. It has also conducted major drills to enhance its defense capabilities.