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US fires warning pictures at Iranian boats in Strait of Hormuz

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An Iranian quick in-shore assault craft was near US vessels within the strait – AP

A US Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning pictures after 13 vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) got here near it and different American Navy vessels within the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon stated on Monday.

That is the second time throughout the final month that US navy vessels have needed to hearth warning pictures due to what they stated was unsafe habits by Iranian vessels within the area, after a relative lull in such interactions over the previous yr.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stated the warning pictures had been fired after the Iranian quick boats got here as shut as 150 yards (450ft) of six US navy vessels, together with the USS Monterey, that had been escorting the guided-missile submarine Georgia.

The US Coast Guard cutter Maui fired the warning pictures from a .50-caliber machine gun earlier than the Iranian vessels left, Mr Kirby stated.

“It is important… they usually had been appearing very aggressively,” he stated, including that the variety of Iranian vessels was greater than within the latest previous.

Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister, met US officials in Vienna last week for talks over Tehran's nuclear activities - GETTY IMAGES

Abbas Araghchi, Iran’s deputy overseas minister, met US officers in Vienna final week for talks over Tehran’s nuclear actions – GETTY IMAGES

In April, a US navy ship fired warning pictures after three vessels from IRGCN got here near it and one other American patrol boat within the Gulf.

The newest incident comes as world powers and Iran search to hurry up efforts to convey Washington and Tehran again into compliance with the 2015 nuclear accord.

US officers returned to Vienna final week for a fourth spherical of oblique talks with Iran on tips on how to resume compliance with the deal, which former President Donald Trump deserted in 2018, prompting Iran to start violating its phrases a couple of yr later.

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