Last Sunday’s alleged confrontation between five Iranian boats and a U.S. Navy vessel, the Hopper, in the Strait of Hormuz was not the dangerous confrontation American officials claimed it was, as evidenced by the somewhat confusing footage the Pentagon released Tuesday. In fact, according to a source in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the video itself was fabricated.


The Iranian parliamentary speaker has dismissed the affair as being part of a US propaganda campaign against Tehran.

“The footage released by the US Navy are file pictures and the audio has been fabricated,” Iranian state-run TV quoted a Revolutionary Guards source as saying.

The US Pentagon says the American ships were about to open fire when the Iranian boats withdrew.

US President George W Bush described the incident as “provocative”, adding that it was a “dangerous situation” that should not have happened.

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