In June, it was an American drone that had been destroyed by Iran. Donald Trump said he gave up last minute retaliatory air strikes. Will the tension between Washington and Tehran go up a notch? The United States has shot down an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz, Donald Trump announced on Thursday. The craft had approached within a kilometer of a US ship, the USS Boxer, which undertook “a defensive action,” said the US president.
“This is the latest of many acts of provocation and hostility on the part of Iran against ships operating in international waters,” said Donald Trump. He said the United States “reserves the right to defend [their] personnel, [their] facilities and interests,” and calls on the rest of the world to “condemn Iran.”
A Pentagon spokesman said the incident occurred at 10am local time (7:30 am French time). *
Asked shortly after arriving at the UN headquarters in New York, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he had “no information on the loss of a drone”.
- Many incidents in the Strait of Hormuz
On June 20, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced that they had shot down an American drone that had “violated Iranian airspace,” which Washington denies. Donald Trump claimed to have ordered airstrikes against Iran in response, but decided at the last minute to cancel them to avoid a heavy human toll.
The incidents are multiplying between Iranian and Western ships in the Strait of Hormuz, bordering Iran and where a large part of the world’s oil passes. On Thursday, the Revolutionary Guards announced that they held a “foreign” tanker that had been boarded Sunday, and was indulging in “smuggling” of fuel.
These incidents occur against a backdrop of tensions including the Iran nuclear deal, which Iran has waived to implement several commitments in response to the reinstatement of US sanctions.