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    The Iranian military contends the US military presence in the Persian Gulf is opening up the potential for conflict in the region, after an Iranian vessel pointed a weapon at a Navy helicopter over the weekend.

    On Monday, US Defense officials announced that an Iranian vessel, operated by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, had pointed a weapon at the helicopter as it flew over international waters in the Strait of Hormuz.

    Washington called the incident “unsafe and unprofessional,” as well as “provocative,” but Iran has a different take on the situation.

    "Everybody knows that the main problem in the Persian Gulf is the U.S. presence," an unidentified official in the Revolutionary Guards told the Tasnim news agency.

    The official further accused the US of making false allegations against Iran, calling the behavior “improper and unprofessional.” He did not directly address the issue of the vessel pointing a weapon at the helicopter, however.

    The unnamed US officials who spoke to Reuters on Monday stated that those on the aircraft did not feel threatened by being in the line of fire. The officials noted that if they had felt threatened, they could have been lead to retaliate, making the actions by those aboard the Iranian vessel extremely dangerous.

    Iran has previously threatened to block access to the the Strait of Hormuz in times of conflict, but has never acted on it. The strait is the home to approximately 40% of the world's oil tanker traffic.

    During his campaign, president-elect Donald Trump vowed that Iranian vessels would be “shot out of the water” if they harassed the US Navy in the Gulf.

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    • avatar
      Ayelyah
      and if the shoe were on the other foot one shudders to think
    • avatar
      cast235
      Just IRAN should join CSTO. Open a NAVAL base for Russia and an aerospace forces. In exchange Russia will help IRAN either in CSTO or sign an agreement on mutual defense. TALK is over and the BULL HORN.

      They DO want a war. To get IRAN resources.
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      Antares Prime
      It is stupid for US forces to be standing off Iranian shores in a manner that will obviously appear threatening to them. Given the virulence of ISIS and Al-Qaeda in the current day, it is in the interests of the American people to continue detente or even bring about a more lasting entente with Tehran. Iran has no interest in a conflict with America either. However, like any other country, it can't look like it's being pushed around, to maintain its own normal standing domestically and in the region.

      The interest of both peoples is to remain on the track of the nuclear deal, while cooperating quietly on getting rid of Al-Qaeda and ISIS which threaten both. If only the US leadership would get rid of its delusional and misplaced hegemonic dreams that have created the chaos that led to the rise of both Al-Qaeda and ISIS, and which its debt-ridden jobless economy can no longer support in any case.
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      questfortruth
      OK, first off, WTF is the U.S. doing in that exact part of the world in the first place other than causing havoc? And WHY on earth does ANY of those countries put up with this B.S. from these war mongers anyway? Shouldn't the U.S. Navy ships be something like 4000 miles away dealing with the problems they already have at home? They just go around the world sticking their noses in everybody else's business and causing trouble and murdering people. Oh, and "spreading democracy"! at the end of a gun!
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