Persia Accuses Uncle Sam of “False Narratives” After Coast Guard Goes Shooting in the Persian Gulf
"Unprofessional behavior" says Iran after US fires 30 shots
On Tuesday, the IRGC Navy called Pentagon press secretary John Kirby’s statement about the incident on Monday “false,” blaming the United States’ “illegitimate presence” in the Gulf for the tensions, according to IRGC-run Sepah News.
The statement accused the US Navy of making “false narratives” and “unprofessional behavior” in the strait.
A US Coast Guard cutter fired some 30 warning shots to ward off two IRGC fast-attack boats that came too close to the US formation in international waters, the Fifth Fleet said yesterday.
Thirteen IRGC fast-attack boats rapidly approached the formation of seven US Navy and Coast Guard ships before two of the boats broke away to approach the USCGS Maui and USS Squall, who were escorting the guided-missile submarine USS Georgia through the Strait of Hormuz.
The run-in was the third of its kind in recent weeks after nearly four years of relative calm between the US Navy and IRGC vessels in the Gulf.
The uptick in IRGC harassment of US vessels comes as the two countries pursue indirect diplomatic negotiations over a mutual return to the 2015 nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in Vienna.
The Pentagon has sought to distance blame for the incidents from Iran’s political leadership, though IRGC-linked groups have continued attacks in Iraq and in Saudi Arabia, where the United States maintains military forces.
The IRGC regularly rejects US accounts of incidents in the Gulf. Such encounters largely halted in 2018 during the administration of President Donald Trump.