U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf fired warning shots as Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) naval ships approached them. This was reported Tuesday, April 27, by the press service of the U.S. Navy.
“The IRGC’s actions increased the risk of collision and also did not comply with the Convention on the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions of Ships at Sea. In addition, the IRGC’s actions were inconsistent with an international legal obligation to act with regard to the safety of other vessels in the area,” the statement said.
After the warning shots, the Iranian ships withdrew to a safe distance.
The U.S. Navy said it maintains a non-provocative stance and expects the IRGC to consider the safety of all vessels in accordance with the requirements of international law. If necessary, the U.S. Navy will take defensive measures.
On April 21, The Wall Street Journal noted that U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has expressed openness to a possible easing of sanctions against Iran after the Vienna talks on the nuclear deal. According to the newspaper, the U.S. is ready to ease sanctions pressure on the Iranian side on key economic elements, such as the oil and industrial sectors.