Iran Releases Own Version of Incident in Strait of Hormuz
Iran Press TV released their own version of the incident on Sunday in the Strait of Hormuz. The US said the whole episode lasted nearly 20 minutes. Iran Press TV released about 4 minutes of videotape.
The BBC has the Iranian video posted HERE.
PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 6, 2008) Small craft suspected to be from the Islamic Republic of Iran Revolutionary Guard Navy (IRGCN), maneuver aggressively in close proximity of the U.S. Navy Aegis-class cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), Aegis-class destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) and frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61). All three ships were steaming in formation and had just completed a routine Strait of Hormuz transit. Coalition vessels, including U.S. Navy ships, routinely operate in the vicinity of both Islamic Republic of Iran Navy and IRGCN vessels and aircraft, without incident. U.S. (US Navy photo)
President Bush strongly warned Iran about the naval clash while speaking in Israel on Wednesday.
The AP reported:
President Bush warned Iran of “serious consequences” if it meddles again with U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, opening a Mideast peacemaking mission Wednesday on an ominous note. He told Israel to dismantle unauthorized settlement outposts and demanded that the Palestinians halt rocket attacks from areas controlled by Hamas Islamic militants…
Already a troubling issue for Bush, Iran jumped back into the spotlight Sunday when Iranian boats harassed and provoked three American Navy ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. U.S. officials said Iran threatened to explode the vessels, but the incident ended peacefully.
Bush said “all options are on the table” to protect U.S. ships. He said the Iranian boats “were very provocative and it was a dangerous gesture on their part. … And they know our position, and that is: There will be serious consequences if they attack our ships, pure and simple. And my advice to them is don’t do it.”
UPDATE: This is odd?… The Iranian version sounds shockingly similar to the America-hating Left’s version?