Iran Denies U.S. Forces Destroyed Drone in Gulf Standoff

Iran denied U.S. forces destroyed an Iranian drone during a standoff near the Gulf despite President Trump announcing the USS Boxer destroyed it.

Iran denies assertions from President Trump suggesting a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday.

The deputy foreign minister made the remarks on Friday saying all drones were accounted and denied any engagement with the USS Boxer the previous day.

Iranian officials went further to say they would unveil photos proving the drone was not destroyed by U.S. forces.

President Trump notified the American people at the beginning of a flag presentation ceremony on Thursday that the warship engaged an Iranian drone in international waters and ultimately destroyed it.

The president said the drone approached the ship at a threatening distance and warned it against approaching further coining the confrontation both “provocative and hostile.”

This comes just one day after Iran claimed it has seized a foreign oil tanker and its crew of 12 over allegations the tanker was smuggling oil.

Iranian media made the announcement on Thursday saying the nation’s Revolutionary Guard Corps took control of the tanker on July 14.

According to the report, the tanker and its crew were allegedly involved in smuggling over 260,000 gallons of oil from Iranians which was headed for foreign clients.

It remains unclear what country the tanker belongs to.

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