President Trump says US ‘destroyed’ Iranian drone

President Trump says US ‘destroyed’ Iranian drone

President Trump says US ‘destroyed’ Iranian drone

A U.S. Navy ship destroyed a drone in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

"The vessel that Iran towed to its waters after receiving a distress call, was later seized with the order from the court as we found out that it was smuggling fuel", the Guards said in a statement quoted by state television.

Trump, while speaking at a White House presser today, said the incident occurred after "a Navy amphibious assault ship... took defensive action against an Iranian drone which had closed into a very, very near distance".

"The incident marked the latest escalation of tensions between the two sides".

The drone was threatening the safety of the US ship and its crew, Trump said. Check back for updates.

The drone was destroyed using electronic jamming, according to a United States defense official. Tehran denies all the accusations. "The drone was immediately destroyed".

The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, was in global waters traveling into the Strait of Hormuz when a drone approached the ship and "closed within a threatening range", according to a statement by Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesman.

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The incident almost resulted in retaliatory strikes Trump says he called off because he said it would have been a disproportionate response.

The spokesman didn't confirm whether the drone was Iranian or not.

Tensions have been high in the Gulf since the U.S. tightened the sanctions that it reimposed on Iran's oil sector after unilaterally withdrawing from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

Iranian state TV aired footage of a vessel called "RIAH".

Since the Trump administration canceled the Iran nuclear deal and ramped up sanctions against the terrorism-sponsoring regime, Iran has lashed out in numerous ways, attacking foreign oil tankers and increasing uranium enrichment.

In this file photo taken on April 30, 2019, Iranian soldiers take part in the National Persian Gulf Day in the Strait of Hormuz.

Since May mysterious attacks the US blames on Iran struck six oil tankers near the strait.

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