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U.S. defends its provocation against Iran in Persian Gulf

U.S. defends its provocation against Iran in Persian Gulf

On Saturday, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) reported a second provocation by U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf waters less than a week after a similar incident.

The USS Nimitz and an accompanying ship came near an Iranian offshore oil platform in the Persian Gulf, and a helicopter from the ship hovered near vessels manned by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, the Islamic Republic News Agency said.

The Guards "ignored the unconventional move by the US ships and continued their mission, after which the supercarrier and its warship left the area", the statement added. A similar incident involving the U.S. and Iran took place in the region on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, a US Navy ship fired warning shots at an armed Iranian patrol boat in the northern end of the Persian Gulf, according to two US defense officials.

Mr Trump in the past has blasted the Iran nuclear accord as "the stupidest deal of all time", but has certified to Congress that Iran is still complying with the terms of the agreement.

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It is the second confrontation between USA and Iranian navies in the Persian Gulf this week.

In remarks in June 2016, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that security of the Persian Gulf region comes within the purview of the regional countries alone, and dismissed the USA claim of seeking security in the region.

In June, the USA military labeled the actions of an Iranian vessel "unsafe and unprofessional" after it trained a laser on a United States helicopter that was accompanying a formation of American ships transiting the global waters of the Strait of Hormuz. Democrats said the new sanctions would not conflict with the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

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