The U.S. Navy declassified and released a provocative video Saturday of the Iranian Navy firing a rocket from a warship in the crowded waters of the Persian Gulf the day after Christmas.
Iran fired the rocket close to American and French warships, as well as container ships operating in the area, and is the latest in a series of provocations made by the terrorist-supporting government.
Fox News reported:
The most recent incident occurred in the Strait of Hormuz, which is the only nautical passage for oil-laden ships going to and from the gulf to the open Arabian Sea.
The video shows a rocket being fired from ship in a small cluster of Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels near a commercial ship.
The Navy has said the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, the USS Bulkeley destroyer and a French frigate also were nearby at the time.
The incident was preceded by one in April when the USS Theodore Roosevelt was leaving the strait to pursue an Iranian flotilla carrying weapons in the direction of Yemen. A group of revolutionary guard small boats launched 11 unguided rockets five nautical miles from the aircraft carrier.
The Iranian military released a video of the October launch and one showing an underground network of tunnels in which missiles are allegedly being stored.
Earlier this month, the United Nations said Iran had violated U.N. Security Council resolutions following the October launch. It is unclear how far the United Nations or United States will go to respond to the violations, though on Wednesday, the Treasury Department notified Capitol Hill of new pending sanctions against 11 individuals and entities accused of supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, and 35 of her colleagues, delivered a letter to President Barack Obama asking him not to lift sanctions in light of actions taken by the rogue government following the Iran nuke deal.
In addition, seven Democratic lawmakers wrote Obama Wednesday asking him to re-apply sanctions that have already been lifted.
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