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Trump to U.S. navy: Shoot down harassing Iranian ships

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 22, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he instructed the Navy to “shoot down” any Iranian gunboats harassing American ships.
Donald Trump
President   Donald Trump
"I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea," Trump said on Twitter, referring to the Persian Gulf.

Topics: Trump U.S. navy Iran

His remarks came two days after Iran's Revolutionary Guard announced an enhancement of capabilities, including an extension of anti-ship missile range and faster vessels.

Iranian Navy commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said the country's forces now "have a variety of surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 700 km [430 miles] produced domestically" and their vessels are "three times faster than American vessels."

"Wherever the Americans have been present, insecurity has arisen, and we do not know where the presence of the United States has led to security," said Tangsiri.