Tehran, April 12, IRNA -- Iranian boats patrolling the Persian Gulf had no "confrontation" with a US Navy ship, an Iranian official told IRNA.
"Yesterday, Iranian vessels during a routine patrol mission asked questions from a US ship which is a common procedure between our coast guards and the transiting vessels," he said.
CNN television reported of a confrontation with the USS Typhoon on Thursday.
"There was no unnatural engagement between Iranian and the US boat, and CNN story is surprising," he added.
It denied the report saying the US vessel was allowed to continue its path after answering questions from the Iranian coast guards.
"American media are trying to say that the situation in the Persian Gulf is critical in order to set the grounds for a permanent US military presence in the region."
Last January, the same media reported of a similar engagement in the Strait of Hormuz. It was refuted after Iran broadcast a video which made the US Navy in the region express doubts about the source of threats directed at their vessels.
U.S. Navy officials say a U.S. ship encountered three small Iranian speed boats Thursday in the Persian Gulf.
The officials said Friday the USS Typhoon was in the central Gulf when at least one of three high-speed boats approached the ship.
The officials said the boats kept their distance after the Navy ship fired a warning flare.
It is unclear whether the speed boats were armed.
Iranian arabic television Al-Alam reports the Iranian navy denies the incident.
The U.S. Defense Department has said there were three confrontations between the U.S. Navy and Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf from December to January. One ended after a U.S. ship fired warning shots to deter the Iranian vessel.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.
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