The US military on Thursday shot down an Iranian drone that came within 1,000 yards of one of its warships in the Strait of Hormuz, President Donald Trump said.
The USS Boxer has “taken defensive measures” against the Iranian drone, which “threatened the safety of the ship and its crew,” Trump told at the White House.
The demolition of the drone comes at a time when tensions between the United States and Iran in the Gulf region are becoming stronger and have been hit by a series of sanctions imposed by the Trump administration.
“The drone was immediately destroyed, This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran, against vessels operating in international waters,” said Trump.
“The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel facilities, and interests and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s freedom of navigation and global commerce.”
“I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Strait and to work with us in the future.”
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