President Donald Trump addressed the media at the White House on Thursday, July 18, after a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions. The president spoke in the White House’s East Room at 3.30 p.m. to make the statement.

“The incident involved a USS Boxer, a Navy amphibious assault ship. defensive action against an Iranian drone, which had closed into a very, very near distance, approximately 1,000 yards. Ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew. The drone was immediately destroyed.” said the president.

The president said this is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters. He made it very clear, “The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities, and interests and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce. 

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Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif who was in New York to meet with U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday afternoon. Addressing reporters shortly after President Trump made the statement, Zarif said, “We have no information about losing a drone today.”

Zarif had said earlier during his visit to New York that he remains hopeful that escalating tensions between Iran and the United States might somehow be resolved.

Includes reporting from The Associated Press

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