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Trump says US warship 'wrecked' Iranian automaton in Gulf

Iran denies losing any automaton after Donald Trump says US brought down an unmanned Iranian air ship in the Strait of Hormuz. 

Trump says US warship 'wrecked' Iranian automaton in Gulf


The United States says a US Navy ship has "wrecked" an Iranian automaton in the Strait of Hormuz after it compromised the vessel, a case Iran quickly denied.

In comments at the White House on Thursday, US President Donald Trump said the automaton had traveled to inside 1,000 meters of the USS Boxer and had overlooked "numerous calls to remain down".

"This is the most recent of numerous provocative and threatening activities by Iran against vessels working in global waters. The US maintains whatever authority is needed to guard our work force, offices and interests," Trump said.

"The automaton was promptly obliterated," he included.

Abbas Araghchi, Iranian delegate outside priest, expelled the case in a Twitter post on Friday.

"We have not lost any automaton in the Strait of Hormuz nor anyplace else. I am concerned that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS [Unmanned Aerial System] accidentally!" he composed.

Hours sooner, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was in New York for gatherings at the United Nations, said he had "no data about losing an automaton".

The Pentagon said in an explanation that the USS Boxer, a land and/or water capable ambush dispatch, had taken "cautious activity" against an Iranian automaton at 10am nearby time (07:00 GMT) on Thursday.

The episode occurred in universal waters while the ship was traveling the Strait of Hormuz to enter the Gulf, it said.

The Boxer is among a few US Navy transports in the zone, including the USS Abraham Lincoln, a plane carrying warship that has been working in the adjacent North Arabian Sea for a considerable length of time.

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