US ship fires warning shot at Iranian boat in Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON — A US Coast Guard vessel had a tense encounter with an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday and fired a warning shot, the Pentagon said.

The Coast Guard cutter Monomoy sent a small, inflatable boat to approach the Iranian dhow and when it got close, the Americans spotted two 50-caliber machine guns, with one of the guns aimed at them, US military officers said.

“They saw that one of the machine guns was manned and trained on them,” Lieutenant Joseph Hontz, a spokesman for the US Fifth Fleet, told AFP.

The Americans pulled back and fired one warning shot, he said, while the Iranian vessel headed off…

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