Iranian attack boats swarm U.S. vessels in Persian Gulf

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Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard seems determined to scuttle negotiations between the U.S. and Iran's government.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Map zoom from global to local, to southern Persian Gulf, 4 Iranian boats speeding...
2. … towards 2 USCG boats, show the two countries at negotiating table, negotiating
3. Satellite view: 3 Iranian attack boats and 1 large twin hull, cutting off USCG boats
4. Iranian boats force USCG boats to brake, then repeat this dangerous maneuver
5. Side view: see USCG boat from behind as twin-hull Iranian boat cuts in front of it

VOICEOVER (in English):
NBC reports that a group of Iranian vessels from the country's Revolutionary Guard harassed two U.S. Coast Guard ships for three hours in the Persian Gulf earlier this month.

The U.S. Navy said on Tuesday that this was the first such incident in a year, and the encounter on April 2 came just as the U.S. and Iran had restarted negotiations on reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers.

Three Iranian fast-attack boats and one larger ship, a 55-meter, twin-hulled vessel, approached and swarmed the Coast Guard ships at close range.

The larger Iranian ship repeatedly crossed in front of the two U.S. vessels at an unnecessarily close range, coming within 70 yards, according to a U.S. Navy statement.

Some regional experts say the Revolutionary Guard has sought to provoke tense encounters in the past to undermine Iranian diplomacy with the West.

Iran's foreign minister recently said the Revolutionary Guard has often undercut his government's diplomacy, and that he himself had "zero" influence over foreign policy.


SOURCES: NBC, WSJ, Newsweek, CNN
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/iran-u-s-warships-first-tense-mideast-encounter-year-n1265441
https://www.wsj.com/articles/iranian-ships-swarmed-u-s-coast-guard-vessels-in-persian-gulf-navy-says-11619461317
https://www.newsweek.com/iran-boats-swarm-navy-1586859
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/27/politics/iran-navy-us-coast-guard-persian-gulf/index.html