Iran claims it forced US submarine to surface in Gulf

Israel National News reports: “Iran said on Thursday it had ‘forced’ a US submarine to surface as it was crossing the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, a claim which was promptly denied by the Americans, reported the AFP news agency.

Admiral Shahram Irani, the commander of Iran’s navy, told state TV the USS Florida nuclear submarine was ‘approaching and passing in complete silence’ when it partly entered Iranian waters.

An Iranian submarine then forced it to ‘surface and cross the strait’, he said, adding that Tehran would raise the matter with ‘international authorities’.

In a subsequent Twitter statement, the US Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said the claim was ‘absolutely false’ and ‘represents more Iranian disinformation’.

The ‘US 5th Fleet continues to operate wherever international law allows’, it added…”

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