Trump: US Shot Down Iran's Drone
American President Donald Trump says a U.S. warship shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship. He described the incident as the latest "hostile" action by Iran.
The president said the drone came within 900 meters of the warship USS Boxer and ignored several warnings to stand down. He added the drone threatened the safety of the American ship and its crew.
The president also asked other countries to condemn Iran on what he said is an attempt to harm the "freedom of navigation and global commerce" in the Persian Gulf area.
Last month, Iran shot down a U.S. drone that it said was flying over Iran. Trump chose to cancel a planned airstrike at the last minute.
Iran seized a tanker
Earlier on Thursday, Iran's state television said the country's Revolutionary Guard forces had seized a foreign oil tanker in the area on Sunday.
It did not identify the seized tanker or nationalities of the crew. It said the tanker had 12 foreign crew members on board. It accused the crew of being involved in trying to secretly take about 1 million liters of fuel out of Iran.
The seized tanker appears to be the MT Riah. It is based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but flies a flag from the country of Panama.
Last Sunday, the tanker stopped sending its location near Qeshm Island, which has a Revolutionary Guard base on it. The UAE's foreign ministry released statements this week denying that it owns or operates the ship.
The seizure was the latest in a series of developments in the area. Last week, a British navy warship warned Iranian Revolutionary Guard ships against interfering with the passage of a British oil tanker.
That came after British forces helped seize an Iranian supertanker off Gibraltar, a British territory at the southern tip of Spain.
In May, two Emirati oil tankers were among four tankers attacked in acts of sabotage that the U.S. has blamed on Iran.
And last month saw two other attacks on oil vessels. Iran denies involvement in any of the attacks.
1.stand down 退出
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2.oil tankers 油轮
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3.shot down 击落
They claimed to have shot down one incoming missile
4.take out of 取出
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5.The seizure was the latest in a series of developments in the area.
a series of 一系列的
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6.Trump chose to cancel a planned airstrike at the last minute.
at the last minute 最后一刻
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美国总统特朗普表示，一艘美国军舰在霍尔木兹海峡击落了一架威胁船只的伊朗无人机 。他称，这次事件是伊朗适时地最新“敌对”行动 。
特朗普表示，无人机靠近鲍克瑟号军舰900米范围内，数次无视要求其远离的警告 。他补充说，无人机威胁到美国船只及其船员的安全 。
上个月，伊朗击落了一架据称在伊朗上空飞行的美国无人机 。特朗普在最后一刻取消了一项空袭计划 。
伊朗方面没有透露被扣押油轮或船员的国籍 。据称，油轮上有12名外国船员 。伊朗指控船员试图将大约100万升燃料秘密运送出境 。
遭扣押的油轮似乎是“the MT Riah” 。该邮轮公司总部设在阿拉伯联合酋长国，但悬挂着巴拿马国旗 。
上周日，这艘油轮在Qeshm岛附近航行时突然停止传输其位置，该岛上有一个革命卫队基地 。阿联酋外交部本周发表声明，否认拥有或经营该船只 。
这是该地区一系列事态发展中最新的一起扣押事件 。上周，一艘英国军舰警告伊朗革命卫队船只不要干扰英国油轮的通行 。
此前，英国军队在直布罗陀附近帮助扣押了一艘伊朗超级油轮 。直布罗陀是英国在西班牙南端的领土 。
今年5月，四艘油轮遭到破坏，其中包括两艘阿联酋油轮 。美国指责伊朗实施了这起破坏行动 。
上个月还发生了另外两起针对油船的袭击事件 。伊朗否认参与任何袭击 。