Iran defends actions after its ships conduct 'intercept' of USS Nitze

August 25, 2016 11:07 AM

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MANAMA, Bahrain — Four Iranian gunboats sped close to a U.S. guided-missile destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz in what the U.S. Navy called an "unsafe and unprofessional" encounter. Iran warned that its forces would respond to any foreign vessel entering its territorial waters.

The USS Nitze, which was sailing with another guided-missile destroyer, the USS Mason, fired 10 warning flares, sounded its ship whistles and tried unsuccessfully to communicate with the Iranian boats a dozen times during Tuesday's incident, U.S. defense officials said.

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