Eying Iran, US navy issues warning to stay 100 meters away from its warships

A US sailor uses binoculars to scan the ocean during a bridge watch aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge in the Gulf, in this handout picture released by US Navy, August 3, 2019. (Reuters)

The US Navy on Tuesday issued a warning to mariners to stay 100 meters (yards) away from US warships or risk being “interpreted as a threat and subject to lawful defensive measures.”

Reuters is first to report the new warning, issued in detail in a notice to mariners. It follows a threat by US President Donald Trump last month, in which he instructed the US Navy to fire on any Iranian ships that harass American vessels.

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A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the new notice to mariners was not a change in the US military’s rules of engagement.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:06 - GMT 07:06