Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif once again questioned presence of the US forces in the Persian Gulf waters questioning them “whose coasts” they are supposed “to be guarding?”
“@USCG : Exactly whose coast are you supposed to be "guarding"?, Zarif asked in a post on his Twitter account Tuesday reacting to the latest claims made by the US about Iranian and American vessels encounter in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday.
Zarif also attached an image of The Guardian’s report that said a US ship fired 30 warning shots after Iranian vessels had allegedly approached the vessel in the Persian Gulf waters on Monday.
Questioning the US ship’s presence in the Persian Gulf, Zarif urged the US forces to “remember these numbers about Persian Gulf: Distance to U.S. shores 7595 Miles. Distance to Iranian shores: 0.0 Miles”.
The Iranian foreign minister’s remarks came one day after the US, as reported by AFP, claimed the warning shots were fired after more than a dozen Iranian fast attack boats sailed close to a US Navy submarine and escort ships in the Strait of Hormuz.
However, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC) navy confirmed it had encountered seven US vessels in the incident, but said it warned them "while maintaining the legal distance ... against their risky and unprofessional behavior, after which they continued on their way".
It said in a statement that the US behavior included "flying helicopters, firing flares, and aimless, unnecessary and provocative shooting".
The IRGC said its navy was conducting "routine missions in the territorial waters" of Iran, but did not specify whether the American vessels had entered the Islamic Republic's waters.