Iran calls US military behavior in Gulf 'unprofessional'

November 29, 2016 14:41

BEIRUT - The US military presence in the Gulf poses the main risk of conflict in the region, an Iranian military official said on Tuesday after Washington said an Iranian vessel had pointed its weapon at a US helicopter in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Two US defense officials told Reuters on Monday that a small vessel operated by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) trained its weapon on a Navy MH-60 helicopter on Saturday as it flew within half a mile (0.8 km) of two Iranian vessels in international waters.

The defense officials called Iran's behavior "provocative."

"Everybody knows that the main problem in the Persian Gulf is the US presence," an unidentified official in the Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

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