President Trump stated that a U.S. vessel “took defensive action against an Iranian drone, which had closed into a very, very near distance… ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew. The drone was immediately destroyed”. Trump described the incident as “the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters”, and added that “the U.S. reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities, and interests, and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce”. Iran denied losing a drone.
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