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

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

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.

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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