Tensions between U.S. Navy and Iran in Strait of Hormuz

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Tuesday that its forces engaged in tense encounters with Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Strait of Hormuz.

The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet in the Middle East said three guard ships had an “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter as the USS Sirocco and USNS Choctaw County passed through the narrow strait of the Persian Gulf on Monday.

Before changing course, one of the Guard’s three speedboats rammed the Sirocco head-on, the Navy said. Sirocco also fired warning flares during the encounter, the Navy said.

A short clip released by the Navy shows the encounter.

Iran did not immediately acknowledge events in the strait, through which a fifth of all oil transactions pass.

As tensions in the region remain high, as Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers remains in tatters Negotiations for the agreement have stalled. Meanwhile, Tehran’s atomic program enriches uranium to the closest weapons-grade level.

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