US FIRES WARNING SHOTS AT IRANIAN BOATS
Reports indicate that a US Coast Guard ship fired warning shots at Iranian boats that came close to American naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.
This is the second such incident in the region in two weeks. Last month, the US Navy said one of its ships fired warning shots in response to the close approach of Iranian vessels in the northern part of the Gulf.
Pentagon spokesperson, John Kirby, said a group of 13 Iranian fast-attack boats from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came within 140m (459ft) of US vessels on Monday.
Kirby accused the Iranian boats of "acting very aggressively" near the US military vessels, which were escorting USS Georgia, a guided-missile submarine.
This incident comes at a delicate time in a diplomatic process to revive an international deal to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
The US pulled out of the 2015 agreement under former US President Donald Trump and Iran has since stepped up its production of nuclear materials.
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