US warship fires warning flare at Iranian speedboat during tense encounter | World News

A US Navy warship fired a flare at an Iranian speedboat during a tense encounter in the Strait of Hormuz.

In a video of the incident, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard ship can be seen charging towards the USS Sirocco, repeatedly sounding its horn.

The boat, called the Guard Boghammer, turns away as it closes before a rocket blast can be heard, but not seen.

The US Navy said the Boghammar was within 50 meters of the Sirocco, increasing the risk of ships colliding in the important waterway.

The Guard’s “actions failed to meet international standards of professional or safe maritime behavior, increasing the risk of miscalculation and collision,” the US Navy said.

Iran did not immediately acknowledge the encounter, which lasted about an hour and also featured two other Iranian ships.

The incident comes as tensions remain high over stalled negotiations over Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers and the country wins more enriched uraniumbringing its supply closer to military-grade levels.

A similar event also occurred in March, when three Guard ships had a tense encounter with US Navy and Coast Guard vessels as they passed through the strait.

The Navy claimed the Iranian Guard’s catamaran Shahid Nazeri approached within 25 meters of the USCGC Robert Goldman, causing the US Coast Guard to issue multiple radio warnings and deploy flares.

In this photo made available by the U.S. Navy, a boat from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) operates near the coastal patrol ship USS Sirocco (PC 6) and the expeditionary fast transport USNS Choctaw County (T- EPF 2) in the Strait of Hormuz, Monday, June 20, 2022. A US Navy warship fired a warning flare to signal a Revolutionary Guard speedboat Iranians who came straight at him during a tense encounter in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, officials said on Tuesday.  .  (US Navy via AP)
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The boat passed the nearby US warship

This took place just when an agreement between Iran and world powers on restoring the nuclear deal seemed possible, before the talks broke down.

In 2015, the two sides agreed to the nuclear deal, which saw Iran drastically limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Three years later, Donald Trump, who was then President of the United States, unilaterally withdrew America from the agreement, increasing tensions throughout the Middle East and triggering a series of attacks and incidents.

Talks in Vienna on reviving the deal have been on “pause” since March.

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