(JNS.org) A U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack ships in the Strait of Hormuz, according to two American defense officials.
Sunday’s incident occurred when the USS Mahan attempted to establish radio contact with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ships, and when the Iranian ships did not respond to requests to slow down, the U.S. ships fired three warning shots at the vessels, Reuters reported. A U.S. Navy helicopter also dropped a smoke float before the warning shots. The Iranian boats came within 900 yards of the Navy vessels.
Meanwhile, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died at age 82 Sunday. While Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989-1997, is often viewed as a moderate within Iran, he was a strong critic of Israel, calling the Jewish state a “forged” and “temporary” country while also saying that Israel could be wiped out by a single nuclear weapon.
“If one day, a very important day, of course, the Islamic World will also be equipped with the weapons available to Israel now, the imperialist strategy will reach an impasse, because the employment of even one atomic bomb inside Israel will wipe it off the face of the earth, but [such a bomb] would only do damage to the Islamic World. It is not unreasonable to consider this possibility,” Rafsanjani said in 2000.