Special to WorldTribune.com
New video footage released by the U.S. Navy contradicts Iran’s claim that it did not launch rockets near American warships in the Strait of Hormuz.
According to the Navy, the video shot late last month shows Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ships firing the rockets near Western warships, including the USS Harry S Truman aircraft carrier.
A U.S. military officials said the incident was “highly provocative.”
The U.S. has warned Iran that any attempt by Iran to close Hormuz would be viewed as a “red line” and be grounds for American military action.
IRGC spokesperson Ramezan Sharif said “the naval forces of the Guards have not had any exercises in the Strait of Hormuz during the past week and the period claimed by the Americans for them to have launched missiles and rockets.”
“The publication of such false news under the present circumstances is akin to psychological warfare.”
A third of the world’s traded oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz, a highly strategic narrow channel at the entrance of the Persian Gulf.