USA knocks down an Iranian drone in international waters of the Persian Gulf / July 18
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the USS Boxer wrecked a drone from Iran in the Strait of Hormuz.
According to Trump, the Iranian drone threatened the vessel when it reached about 900 meters away and ignored various warnings. The US president said other countries should condemn Iran and protect its vessels.
“The drone was immediately destroyed,” Trump said in the White House. “It was the latest of several provocative and hostile acts of Iran against vessels operating in international waters.”
So far, Iran has not confirmed the incident. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman confirmed the attack on the Iranian drone.
Also on Thursday, the US Treasury Department announced new sanctions against Iran.
The tension between the two countries has increased. Trump abandoned the nuclear deal sealed with European powers, Russia and China, which conditioned the end of sanctions against Tehran in exchange for guarantees that the Persian country’s nuclear program would serve peaceful purposes. Washington has also imposed sanctions on Iran.