WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — In recent months, US and Iranian ships have had a number of close encounters in the Persian Gulf.
"Getting some kind of a ruleset… particularly with the Iranians would also be helpful so that we can have these frameworks for behavior that would guide us more towards useful types of encounters at sea, rather than these ‘close aboard’ types of demonstrations that really don’t have any positive benefit," Richardson said at a forum at the Center for American Progress, a think tank.
In August, a US patrol vessel fired warning shots at an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessel that had come within 300 yards (274 meters) of a group of US ships conducting exercises in the Persian Gulf, according to US officials.
In January, the IRGC captured 10 US sailors after their command boats strayed into Iranian waters. The sailors were released within 24 hours.