Trump Ordered To Destroy Iranian Boats If They Will Harass The US Ships At Sea
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he has ordered the US Navy to strike Iran's military boats if they interfere with the activity of us ships at sea.
"I have instructed the US Navy to fire and destroy any Iranian armed boats if they harass our ships at sea," Trump tweeted.
The US military said last Wednesday, April 15, that 11 Iranian warships came within close range of US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf, and called these actions "provocative."
In response, the Navy of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) stressed that any illegal actions of the United States in the Persian Gulf will entail a response from Iran.
In early 2020, relations between Tehran and Washington deteriorated sharply after the US military conducted a special operation near the airport in Baghdad on January 3, as a result of which Qasem Suleimani, the head of the Quds special unit of the Iranian revolutionary guard Corps, was killed. In response, Tehran launched rocket attacks on two Iraqi military bases that host the US-led coalition against the IS terrorist group.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in February that after the murder of Suleimani, the US and Iran were on the verge of war. "Unfortunately, the United States, based on misinformation, acting ignorantly and arrogantly, focused on a course that brought the region very close to the edge of the abyss. We were very close to war," Zarif told NBC News.