WASHINGTON: The US army shot down an Iranian drone on Thursday that got here inside 1,000 yards of one in every of its naval vessels within the Strait of Hormuz, President Donald Trump mentioned.
The united statesBoxer “took defensive motion” towards the Iranian drone because it was “threatening the security of the ship and the ship’s crew,” Trump introduced on the White Home.
“The drone was instantly destroyed,” he added.
The downing of the drone comes at a time of mounting tensions within the Gulf area between the US and Iran which has been slapped with a raft of sanctions by the Trump administration.
“That is the newest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran, towards vessels working in worldwide waters,” mentioned Trump.
“The US reserves the precise to defend our personnel amenities, and pursuits and calls upon all nations to sentence Iran’s freedom of navigation and international commerce.
“I additionally name on different nations to guard their ships as they undergo the Strait and to work with us sooner or later.”