President Donald Trump said that on Thursday, the US Navy ship Boxer destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the drone approached a US ship 900 meters away, threatening the security of the military.
The head of the White House said this, speaking at a special press conference, which was held in Washington on Thursday. Trump called on other countries to condemn Iran and protect their ships.
According to Trump, Boxer is part of the US Navy ships group, which is located in the strait between the Persian and Oman gulfs.
According to Trump, the Boxer ship is part of a group of US Navy ships located in the strait between the Persian and Oman gulfs.
Later on Thursday, the situation around the downed drone was commented on in the US military.
“The unmanned aerial unit flew up to the ship Boxer and located in an unsafe distance,” – said in a statement Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman. His communique, however, does not indicate to whom the drone belonged.
According to Hoffman, the incident occurred around 10 am local time, when Boxer passed through the Strait of Hormuz.
“The ship took defensive actions against the drone to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew,” he added.
Shortly thereafter, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif stated that he was unaware of the downed Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz.
“We have no information that today we lost the drone,” Zarif told reporters at the UN before meeting with the Secretary-General of the organization, Antonio Guterres.
The incident occurred four weeks after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps forces shot down an American unmanned aerial vehicle RQ-4 Global Hawk, which, according to the Pentagon, was in international airspace in the same region, on June 20.
That incident was called an “unprovoked attack” by US officials. In Tehran, however, said that the drone was shot down after he violated the country’s air border.
In addition, on June 14, Donald Trump accused Iranian authorities of involvement in an attack on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Tehran denied involvement in the incident, accusing Washington of trying to thwart the negotiations with Japan at that time and disguise economic terrorism against Iran.