President Trump announced on Thursday that the amphibious assault ship, the USS Boxer, shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz in a defensive action.
MORE: Trump said that the Iranian drone’s actions were “the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran”
Operators of the drone refused calls to stand down, after which it was “immediately destroyed,” when it came within 1,000 yards of the ship according to the president, “threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew.”
Trump has called on “other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Strait.
The comments come as tensions between Washington and Tehran remain high over a spate of attacks on cargo ships, the downing of an American drone and the British seizure of a tanker carrying Iranian oil. Earlier in the day, the U.S. condemned Iranian naval activity in the Persian Gulf and demanded the Islamic Republic release a small tanker and its crew that its forces seized this week. A State Department official who asked not to be identified discussing the issue cited the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ “continued harassment” of vessels in and around the Strait. -Bloomberg
Oil futures jumped a bit on the news, climbing 34 cents a barrel to reel in some of the day’s 2.6% loss.
As we noted earlier in the day, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it has seized a foreign vessel with 12-crew members carrying one million barrels of oil. In an official Iranian media statement, the country’s military asserted the tanker was caught “smuggling” the fuel through the Strait of Hormuz.
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