“Defensive action”: US warship shoots down Iranian drone

“Defensive action”: US warship shoots down Iranian drone

A United States amphibious assault ship has shot down an Iranian drone after the unmanned aircraft flew within 900 metres of the American warship, US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday (local time).

The USS Boxer was sailing through the Strait of Hormuz when it took “defensive action” after the drone ignored “multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew”.

“The drone was immediately destroyed,” Mr Trump said.

“This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed he was not aware of any such incident.

“We have no information about losing a drone today,” Mr Zarif told reporters at the United Nations ahead of a meeting with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The Pentagon echoed Mr Trump in a statement, saying that the “ship took defensive action against the [drone] to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew”.

The incident comes after Iran declared it had seized a Norwegian oil tanker in the Persian Gulf yesterday.

In his announcement, Mr Trump encouraged other countries to condemn Iran and defend their own vessels.

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