US President Donald Trump has ordered the Navy to “shoot and destroy all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.”
US President Donald Trump threatens to crack down on the Iranian Navy on Twitter if it harasses American ships. He has ordered the US Navy to target and destroy all Iranian ships that harass US ships.
“I have instructed the US Navy to shoot and destroy all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” Trump said through his preferred communication channel.
Recently, the United States Navy said that Iranian Revolutionary Guards ships had approached US naval vessels “dangerous and intimidating.”
Eleven Iranian boats are said to have repeatedly harassed six ships of the United States during exercises in international waters in the Persian Gulf. Iranian vessels are said to have kept less than ten meters away from an American ship.
Tensions between the two states had already intensified after the US killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a drone attack in Iraq. Iran retaliated by targeting a base in Iraq where US troops were stationed.