US Navy warning shot in Gulf was 'unprofessional,' Iran says

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DUBAI-Iran said Saturday that a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier fired warning rounds at its vessels in the Persian Gulf, the second such incident this week as political tensions between the longtime rivals flare.

United States aircraft carrier Nimitz and an accompanying warship approached Iranian military vessels on Friday at 4 p.m. local time (11:30 GMT) dispatching a helicopter, which flew near the vessels, the statement read.

A U.S. Navy ship Tuesday fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel that had come too close during a military exercise in the region, the U.S. Navy said.

"The Americans' move is a kind of unprofessional behavior", he said, adding that the U.S. naval forces in the Persian Gulf are exhibiting such behavior without considering regional conditions. The aircraft carrier flew a.

In a similar incident on Tuesday, the USS Thunderbolt fired warning shots at Iranian navy boats operating in the Persian Gulf.

The vessel belonged to the Revolutionary Guard, the statement said, adding that it stopped its unsafe approach after the warning shots were fired. They said that sending the chopper toward the Iranian ships was "unprofessional" and was ignored by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.

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In April, the U.S. accused a a guard corps ship of acting in an "unprofessional but also provocative" manner while approaching an American destroyer, the USS Mahan, while it was sailing in the Persian Gulf.

The incidents have multiplied in recent months between american ships and vessels iranians in the Gulf.

The relations between the two countries have been strained since the arrival in power of president Donald Trump, which multiplies the declarations and the hostile actions against Tehran, including by imposing new sanctions against the country.

The US legislation imposes mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them.

In a joint statement, they said that Iran's launch was "inconsistent" with a UN Security Council resolution that enshrined the nuclear deal.