U.S. officials said President Donald Trump agreed to recertify that Iran is sticking to the terms of the 2015 agreement.
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A Navy patrol boat fired warningÂ shots near an Iranian naval ship in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday, according to multiple media reports.
The Associated Press, citing a U.S. defense official, said the shots were fired during a “tense encounter.”Â The USS Thunderbolt was involved in an exercise with American and other vessels in the Gulf when theÂ Iranian ship came within 150 yards, the official said.
The Iranian vessel did not respond to radio calls, flares and warning sirens, forcing U.S. sailors to fire the warning shots, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the incident had not yet been made public.
The Iranian ship halted its provocative actions but remained in the area for hours, a defense official told CNN.Â The officials said several U.S. Navy ships in the immediate vicinity were conducting routine patrol operations in international waters.
The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY.
The incident took place a weekÂ after the Trump administration certified toÂ Congress that Iran is complying with a complex nuclear deal cut with the West under the Obama administration. But the administration also added sanctions against the Persian Gulf nation for breaching the nuclear deal’sÂ âspirit.”
Naval conflicts with Iran are nothing new.Â In January, a U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots with a .50 caliber machine gun at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait of Hormuz. In that incident, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard boats ignored an order to halt issued via radio communication by the USS Mahan, defense officials said.
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