The U.S. Navy reported that the helicopter was in international airspace, conducting routine operations.
“This unsafe, unprofessional, and irresponsible behavior by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy risks U.S. and partner nation lives and needs to cease immediately,” Commander Rick Chernitzer said.
Despite the alarming incident, no damages or injuries were reported. The event occurred around 7:30 p.m. local time, with the aircraft attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162, deployed aboard the USS Bataan.
“These are not the actions of a professional maritime force,” Chernitzer said. Asserting the U.S. naval forces’ commitment to maintaining security, he confirmed their resolve to operate anywhere international law permits.
The incident follows Iran’s announcement of successfully launching an imaging satellite into space, a development that has stirred concerns among Western nations. These nations fear Iran’s advancements in space technology could potentially contribute to nuclear weapons development.
The situation remains tense, with ongoing disputes over Iran’s nuclear program and international negotiations.
Last week, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi expressed the possibility of progressing relations with the U.S., contingent upon the Biden administration’s willingness to return to the 2015 nuclear deal and ease sanctions.
Despite Iran’s denial of seeking nuclear weapons, the country continues to enrich uranium, nearing weapons-grade levels, as reported by U.S. intelligence agencies and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The U.S. has recently allowed the release of nearly $6 billion in Iranian frozen assets in South Korea for humanitarian use, further complicating the geopolitical landscape. Amid these developments, the U.S. and Iran each freed five prisoners, marking a significant, albeit tentative, step towards potential diplomatic progress between the Land of the Free and the Homeland of the Aryans.
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