Trump orders Marines to destroy any Iranian boat to intercept American ships
The US Navy accused Iran of carrying out "provocative and dangerous" acts against a number of American ships in international waters in the Gulf.
The US military said that 11 Iranian boats were exposed to six American ships participating in military exercises in the Gulf waters.
The US Navy explained that the boats approached the American ships at a high speed, and accused Tehran of violating international rules.
The Navy statement said that the American forces reserve the right to act to defend themselves.
There was no comment from the Iranian authorities.
The American ships issued many warnings to the Iranian boats, which moved away after about an hour, according to the statement.
Tensions rose between Washington and Tehran earlier this year after a US air strike in Iraq killed the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qassem Soleimani.
After that, on January 8, Iran retaliated with a missile attack on the Iraqi base of al-Assad, where US forces were located, without causing any deaths or injuries.
Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump said Iran and its proxies had planned attacks on US targets in Iraq, and warned that they would pay a "very high price".