US Navy opens warning fire from behind Iranian ships

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US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf fired warning shots as the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) naval forces approached them. This was announced on Tuesday, April 27, by the press service of the US Navy.

“The actions of the IRGC increased the risk of collisions, and also did not comply with the Convention on the International Rules for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea. In addition, the actions of the IRGC did not comply with the international legal obligation to act with due regard for the safety of other vessels in the area, ”the report says.

After warning shots, the Iranian ships withdrew to a safe distance.

The US Navy noted that it maintains a non-provocative position and expects that the IRGC will take into account the safety of all ships in accordance with the requirements of international law. If necessary, the US Navy will take defensive measures.

On April 21, The Wall Street Journal noted that the administration of US President Joe Biden had expressed openness to a possible easing of sanctions against Iran following the Vienna talks on the nuclear deal. According to the newspaper, the United States is ready to ease the sanctions pressure on the Iranian side in terms of the main economic elements, such as the oil and industrial sectors.