Second tanker flying Liberian flag now tracking towards Iran in sharp turn

BREAKING: Trump Says Navy Destroyed an Iranian Drone For Approaching a U.S. Ship

"No doubt about it, no".

"No doubt about it, no - we shot it down", Trump said in the Oval Office. "If they do they will pay a price like nobody has ever paid a price".

Details: Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said the USS Boxer was sailing in worldwide waters "conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz" when it was approached by a fixed wing drone "within a threatening range".

"It was their drone that came to close to our ship", the official said, adding, "If they continue to do this".

Tehran categorically denied USA claims that a drone was brought down, saying all its craft were accounted for and jesting that American forces may have destroyed their own aircraft by mistake.

On Friday a U.S. official said Washington has "very clear evidence" that it downed the drone but gave no further details.

"I'm extremely concerned by the seizure of two naval vessels by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz", Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said earlier, before concerns abated over the Mesdar.

It was not immediately clear whether the tanker referred to in the report is the same as a UAE-based tanker that went missing in waters near Iran late Saturday.

In December, about 30 Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels trailed the USS John C Stennis aircraft carrier and its strike group through the strait as Associated Press journalists on board watched.

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President Trump spoke on the matter, saying the drone was putting the safety of the ship and its crew at risk.

Hossein Naghavi Hosseini, spokesman of the Iranian parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, said Trump's claim is part of an effort by the "create tensions and psychological warfare in the region and in Iran, and hide its failures".

"We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else", Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister, tweeted Friday.

"I am anxious that USS Boxer has shot down their own (drones) by mistake!"

Iran on Friday denied the White House claim that the U.S. Navy has shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz and warned against rising tensions in the region. Firstly, it was moving in wrong direction of the shipping route in the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran rejects the allegations.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard previously said the drone had been carrying out regular surveillance when the American vessel arrived and transmitted photos of the ship.

There was no immediate word from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard about the second tanker or from the operator of the second tanker on what had prompted the change in direction along the vital worldwide oil shipping route.

Tension has been growing since the U.S. withdrawal a year ago from the 2015 global deal to control Iran's nuclear capability.

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