Iranian Ships Harassed US Coast Guard in Persian Gulf, Reports Say

Iranian Ships Harassed US Coast Guard in Persian Gulf, Reports Say

(RepublicanPress.org) – Over the last several months, Iran has been incredibly hostile. In September, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif threatened former President Donald Trump saying the “book is not closed” on the US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani. Then in January, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei posted a doctored photo online of Trump golfing with the shadow of a warplane or drone on top of him. Recently, the nation continued its antagonistic behavior.

On April 26, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that a group of Iranian naval vessels harassed two United States Coast Guard cutters operating in the Persian Gulf. The US Navy released videos and images of the incident.

The WSJ spoke with US Navy officials who reported that “three fast-attack boats” and a “twin-hulled support vessel” operated by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard came within 70 yards of the Coast Guard cutters for several hours on April 2. The Iranian boats operated in an “unsafe and unprofessional” manner, forcing the Coast Guard to initiate defensive maneuvers to avoid a crash.

This incident comes in the wake of an April 17 report that Iran had started enriching uranium to 60%, its highest level ever and one that approaches weapons-grade.

Although this isn’t Iran’s first offense, it comes at a time when Biden is trying to renegotiate the nuclear agreement with the country. It seems like it’s time for Biden to reevaluate the way he has been dealing with the hostile nation and decide if he really wants to enter into a treaty with them when they’re allowing their military to be so disrespectful.

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