A US Navy ship has fired flares at an Iranian patrol boat in the Persian Gulf on the day Tehran condemned new sanctions on its missile programme.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that the US Navy had approached their patrol vessels in the Gulf and fired flares in what it called a provocative move yesterday afternoon.
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The food fracas comes as Rouhani is staging his first official trip to Europe as president, one meant to herald Iran’s economic coming out after a long period of international sanctions.
Rouhani will meet with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Pope Francis and Italian companies in Rome on Saturday before moving on to France, where he is set to deliver a speech at the Unesco, and meet with French officials and companies.
A spokeswoman for the Elysée Palace declined immediate comment on the wine and halal spat.
But it captured an interesting moment, both for France and Iran.
In January 2016, the Iranians briefly captured the crew of two small US patrol boats that strayed into Iranian waters. The latest incident comes after the US Congress approved new sanctions against Iran.
Today, Iran condemned new sanctions passed by the US Congress against its missile programme, which President Donald Trump is set to sign into law, and vowed to continue it.'We will continue with full power our missile programme,' foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told state broadcaster IRIB.Iran's Revolutionary Guard later blamed the American ship for provoking the situation The nuclear-powered, Nimitz-class USS Ronald Reagan is seen docked at Yokosuka U. Naval Base at Yokosuka in southern of Tokyo in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on October 02, 2015.Iran say this ship was among the fleet that fired the warning shots at one of its patrol boats The Guards 'ignored the unconventional move by the US ships and continued their mission, after which the supercarrier and its warship left the area,' the statement added.But they are also expected to ratchet up tensions further with the Trump administration. 'Those who are trying to go back to the language of threats and sanctions are prisoners of their past hallucinations.They deprive themselves of the advantages of peace.'But Rouhani also tempered his own threat, adding that Iran seeks to remain loyal to its commitments under the nuclear deal, which opened a 'path of cooperation and confidence-building' with the world.'The deal was a model of the victory of peace and diplomacy over war and unilateralism,' said Rouhani.There have been a string of close encounters between US ships and Iranian vessels in the Gulf in recent months.