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

Y The nuclear-powered Nimitz-class USS Ronald Reagan is seen docked at Yokosuka U.S. Naval Base at Yokosuka in southern of Tokyo in Kanagawa Prefecture Japan

The US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and another warship fired warning shots at Iranian vessels in the middle of the Persian Gulf on Friday, according to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as cited by local media.

A U.S. 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 United States also resorted to shooting flares to warn the Iranian side.

The official added that the Iranian boats only stopped after the USA naval helicopter fired its flares.

A US Navy ship has fired flares at an Iranian patrol boat in the Persian Gulf on the day Tehran condemned new sanctions on its missile programme.

He denounces the attitude of "provocative and non-professional Americans", who "have issued warnings, including flares in the direction of the frigates iranian". "Islam's warriors, without paying attention to this unconventional and unusual behaviour from the American vessels, continued their mission in the area and the aircraft carrier and accompanying battleship left the area".

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An Iranian vessel steers close to the U.S. Navy coastal patrol craft USS Thunderbolt (R) in the Gulf in a still image from video provided by the U.S. Navy July 25, 2017.

The vessel belonged to the Revolutionary Guard, the statement said, adding that it stopped its unsafe approach after the warning shots were fired.

In remarks in June 2016, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that security of the Persian Gulf region comes within the purview of the regional countries alone, and dismissed the U.S. claim of seeking security in the region. The Iranian boat sailed within 150 yards of US ships on Tuesday, according to the US Navy.

Also Saturday, Iran's parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy held an urgent meeting to review its response to a package of sanctions approved by the US Senate and sent to Donald Trump to be signed into law. Democrats said the sanctions would not conflict with the nuclear deal.

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