Dangerous confrontations between US and Iranian navies have increased 50% this year despite the nuclear deal, officials say –New world order?

  • Defense officials say there were 30 dangerous incidents in total in 2015
  • In the first six months of this year there were 26 incidents, officials added
  • That is despite the nuclear deal which was hailed as a ‘new era’ of relations
  • There were four dangerous incidents in the last week alone which led to warning shots and flares being fired at Iranian boats 

The number of dangerous confrontations between Iranian and US navies has increased by 50 per cent compared to last year, defense officials said.

In total there were 30 dangerous incidents recorded between the two navies in the Persian Gulf in the whole of 2015, according to the Navy’s 5th fleet.

That is compared to 26 in the first half of this year, and four that took place in the last week alone.

Defense officials say there were 30 dangerous confrontations between the US and Iranian navies in 2015, compared to 26 in the first six months of 2016 (pictured, the USS Nitze fires flares at two Iranian vessels earlier this week) 

Defense officials say there were 30 dangerous confrontations between the US and Iranian navies in 2015, compared to 26 in the first six months of 2016 (pictured, the USS Nitze fires flares at two Iranian vessels earlier this week)

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Officials say the figures are on course to increase by more than 50 per cent before the end of the year, despite the nuclear deal (pictured, an Iranian boat approaches the Nitze)

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Speaking anonymously to Fox News, the official said: ‘We are on pace to exceed last year’s numbers by more than fifty per cent.’

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The is despite the signing of the Iranian nuclear deal that President Obama and other world leaders vowed would usher in a ‘new era’ of relations with Iran.

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As part of that deal, Tehran was handed a $1.7billion payment, including $400,000 in cash flown into the country by plane.

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Overall encounters with the Iranian navy, which most consists of fast patrol boats, has also increased, officials added.

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On Wednesday the USS Squall was forced to fire three warning shots at Iranian vessels, less than 24 hours the USS Nitze was ‘harassed’ in an ‘unsafe manner’.

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The incident involving the USS Squall was just one of three separate confrontations involving American and Iranian ships in a single day, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said.

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Meanwhile the USS Nitze was passing through international waters in the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway between Iran and the United Arab Emirates, when it was confronted on Tuesday.

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Four of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels ‘harassed’ the Nitze, a U.S. defense official said.

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The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was ‘unsafe and unprofessional.’

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There were four dangerous incidents in the last week alone including one in which the USS Squall (pictured) was forced to fire three warning shots at Iranian patrol vessels
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There were four dangerous incidents in the last week alone including one in which the USS Squall (pictured) was forced to fire three warning shots at Iranian patrol vessels
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Defense officials say there were 30 dangerous confrontations between the US and Iranian navies in 2015, compared to 26 in the first six months of 2016 (pictured, the USS Nitze fires flares at two Iranian vessels earlier this week)

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There were four dangerous incidents in the last week alone including one in which the USS Squall (pictured) was forced to fire three warning shots at Iranian patrol vessels

There were four dangerous incidents in the last week alone including one in which the USS Squall (pictured) was forced to fire three warning shots at Iranian patrol vessels

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Navy officials said four Iranian revolutionary Guard vessels approached the Nitze (pictured) at high speed and behaved in an 'unsafe and unprofessional' manner

Navy officials said four Iranian revolutionary Guard vessels approached the Nitze (pictured) at high speed and behaved in an ‘unsafe and unprofessional’ manner

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The vessels harassed the destroyer by ‘conducting a high speed intercept and closing within a short distance of USS Nitze, despite repeated warnings,’ the official said.

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IRGC, the Islamic Republic’s praetorian guard, is suspicious of U.S. military activity near Iran’s borders and appears to be sticking to a familiar posture in the Gulf that predates last year’s nuclear accord.

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Iranian commanders put out a statement on Thursday, saying the navy will continue to warn and confront any vessels that stray into its waters.

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General Hosein Dehghan told the semi-official Tasnim news agency that ‘if any foreign vessel enters our waters, we warn them, and if it’s an invasion, we confront.’

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He added that Iranian boats patrol to monitor traffic and foreign vessels.

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The United States and other countries are concerned about Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, its ballistic missile program, and its backing for Shiite militias that have abused civilians in Iraq.

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The U.S. defense official said that in Tuesday’s incident, the USS Nitze tried to communicate with the Iranian vessels 12 times, but received no response.

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It also fired 10 flares in the direction of two of the Iranian vessels.

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The encounter occurred in international waters in the strait, a vitally important choke point with Iran to its north and the United Arab Emirates to the south

‘Unsafe and unprofessional’ 

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The encounter occurred in international waters in the strait, a vitally important choke point with Iran to its north and the United Arab Emirates to the south

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‘The Iranian high rate of closure… created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation, including additional defensive measures by Nitze,’ the official said.

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USS Nitze had to change course in order to distance itself from the Iranian vessels, the official said, adding that the incident could have led to a diplomatic protest, but the United States does not have diplomatic relations with Iran.

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The encounter occurred in international waters in the strait, a vitally important choke point with Iran to its north and the United Arab Emirates to the south.

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This was not the first maritime scare between the United States and Iran.

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In January, 10 U.S. sailors aboard two patrol craft were detained by the IRGC when they inadvertently entered Iranian territorial waters.

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They were released the next day after being held for about 15 hours.

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The Gulf separates Iran from its regional rival Saudi Arabia and a U.S. naval base in Bahrain.
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The encounter occurred in international waters in the strait, a vitally important choke point with Iran to its north and the United Arab Emirates to the south 

The encounter occurred in international waters in the strait, a vitally important choke point with Iran to its north and the United Arab Emirates to the south

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Defense official: Iran confrontations with US Navy up 50 percent this year

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© Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Website/AFP/File | A picture released by the news website and public relations arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shows US sailors being apprehended by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on January 13, 2016

 

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One Response to “Dangerous confrontations between US and Iranian navies have increased 50% this year despite the nuclear deal, officials say –New world order?”

  1. THE RIPENING WANDERER Says:

    The new era of relations whereby Iran does nasty stuff and the United States sends them a carload of money. I’m not sure I like this new era of relations. In the old days we would have sunk them if they threatened us.

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