The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel

WASHINGTON — An American coastal patrol ship fired warning shots in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday after a dangerous approach from an Iranian vessel, according to the Pentagon, which urged Iran to ease maritime tensions with U.S. ships transiting international waters in the Middle East.

The USS Squall and the USS Tempest, two American coastal patrol ships, were transiting the Persian Gulf on Wednesday, when the U.S. said an Iranian vessel harassed the ships. According to a U.S. defense official, the Iranian craft was at one point going head-to-head with the USS Tempest and coming within 200 yards of the American patrol craft.

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