Trump justifies the military action with which the drone was “very, very close” to a US warship
The escalation of tension between the United States and Iran advanced several meters on Thursday. President Donald Trump reported that a US Navy ship “destroyed” an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. The president explained in the White House that the unmanned aircraft ignored the “multiple” calls to withdraw from the area, but this continued to advance to be “very, very close” to the USS Boxer warship. The device “threatened the safety of the ship and its crew” so it was “destroyed immediately,” said the Republican. Five weeks ago Tehran shot down a US drone, denouncing that it had entered its air space on an espionage mission, something that Washington denied. The episode almost triggered a retaliatory air strike, but Trump canceled the mission because it was going to cost 150 lives and seemed “disproportionate.”
“This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against ships operating in international waters,” Trump said. The president called on the international community to condemn “Iran’s attempts to disrupt the freedom of navigation and world trade.” In addition, he defended that the US reserves “the right to defend our personnel, our facilities and interests”, which in this case were threatened by a drone that came to be less than 900 meters from a US warship. The spokesman of the Pentagon, Jonathan Hoffman, confirmed what happened and reiterated that the military action sought to “guarantee the safety of the ship and its crew.”
When Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shot down the US drone in the Strait of Hormuz, General Hosein Salami, quoted by PressTV, said it was “a clear message to America [that] our borders are the red line of Iran and that we will react energetically against any aggression. ” Although he clarified that Iran was not seeking war, he remarked that they were “fully prepared to defend the homeland.” Washington’s response was aborted. “We were prepared to respond from three positions when I asked how many would die.” 150, sir, “was the response of a general.” Ten minutes before the offensive, I stopped him.I was not provided to shoot down an unmanned drone. “Trump said on June 22.
Washington’s military action took place on the same day that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard intercepted “a foreign oil tanker” whose nationality it has not identified and whom it accuses of “smuggling of fuel” in the Persian Gulf. A little over a month ago, the United States and its Arab allies blamed Tehran for the attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, where four other ships had been sabotaged weeks earlier, increasing tension in the region. To this must be added the policy of “maximum pressure” applied by Washington since May 2018, when Trump chose to abandon the 2015 nuclear agreement and reinstated the paralyzing sanctions on the Iranian economy.