IRGC warns United States of 'irreversible consequences' after vessel encounter

Iran ships clash with American and British navy vessels

But the system can also be used to track foreign missile launches and tests.

One of Iran's ballistic missile tests were successful, destroying a floating barge approximately 155 miles away, two USA officials with knowledge of the launch told Fox News.

US officials labeled that encounter "unprofessional". The administration responded with its first economic sanctions, when it placed 13 people and 12 businesses on a list that prohibits Americans from dealing with them. Iran seems to be testing whether Trump means what he says.

The incident occurred Saturday, just two days after an Iranian frigate, sailing on a parallel course, came within 150 yards of the Invincible in the Gulf of Oman.

The USNS Invincible, patrolling the regional waters and accompanied by three British Royal Navy ships, was harassed by Iranian boats, which came within 600 yards on Saturday, U.S. officials told Fox News Monday.

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The Navy attempted to contact the IRG via radio to discuss their position, but received no response, the USA official said, adding that it was an "unsafe and unprofessional interaction".

A U.S. spy ship being escorted by Royal Navy vessels was forced to an about turn after a close encounter with Iran's lethal high-speed attack boats.

Surveillance ships like the Invincible are typically equipped with scientific instruments and radar that allow them to monitor missiles and rockets from their launching to the point that they land.

But a key Republican called for more than tough words in response to what he described as Iranian provocations.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has said it would close the Strait of Hormuz, most recently last May, if the face of threats from the United States and its allies. Iran released them after establishing that they had done so by mistake.

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