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US Navy warning shot in Gulf was 'unprofessional,' Iran says

US Navy warning shot in Gulf was 'unprofessional,' Iran says

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced here on Saturday that the US navy in the Persian Gulf has made a "provocative move" in an encounter with IRGC forces.

The USS Nimitz and an accompanying battleship drew close to a rocket-bearing Iranian vessel on Friday and sent a helicopter near a number of vessels close to the Resalat oil and gas platform, the Guard said in a statement published by its official news site, Sepah News.

Iranian vessels ignored the warning flares, and the American ships later left the area, the Iranian navy added.

A US Navy ship has fired flares at an Iranian patrol boat in the Persian Gulf on the day Tehran condemned new sanctions on its missile programme.

The Navy ship fired warning shots into the water over concerns of a collision, one of the officials said. The aircraft carrier was accompanied by cruiser.

The officials said the Iranian boat is believed to have been operated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Earlier this week, the USS Thunderbolt patrol ship fired several warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ship in the Gulf.

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No warning shots were fired during that encounter, but United States defense officials criticized the use of the Iranian laser.

Iran and the USA frequently have run-ins in the Persian Gulf, almost all involving the Revolutionary Guard, a separate force from Iran's military that answers only to the country's supreme leader.

"The Persian Gulf security relates to the countries of the region which have common interests, and not to the US".

The latest incident comes after the US Congress approved new sanctions against Iran.

U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said Saturday that the interaction was "safe and professional".

On Saturday Iran's foreign ministry said the missile launch was part of "domestic policy of the country, deterrent and at service of regional peace and security".