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01/08/08

US Secretary of State Warns Iran Against 'Provocations'

By VOA News

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has delivered a stern warning to Iran, urging Tehran to cease what she calls "provocations," after Iranian ships confronted the American Navy in the Persian Gulf.

Secretary Rice describes the move as "provocative and dangerous," and says the United States will defend its interests and allies in the region.

She was quoted Tuesday, calling Iran "the single greatest threat to the kind of Middle East the world wants to see."

Secretary Rice and President Bush begin a trip to the Middle East later Tuesday.

U.S. military and government officials say that on Sunday, American ships were prepared to fire after several smaller Iranian boats acted aggressively in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said the confrontation was ordinary, and suggested it may have been a case of mistaken identity.

Five boats, apparently operated by Iran's Revolutionary Guard, sped toward the U.S. ships before veering away and dropping boxes in the water, directly in a U.S. vessel's path.

The commander of U.S and coalition naval forces in the Persian Gulf, Vice Admiral Kevin Cosgriff, says the Iranians issued a warning over the radio that the ship would explode.

Admiral Cosgriff said the Iranians turned and left the area.

The Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the United Arab Emirates is a key shipping route for oil. Both the Iranian and U.S. navies patrol the waterway.

The small Iranian speedboats involved in Sunday's incident are usually operated by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is outside the regular military chain of command and often takes a more confrontational approach toward the United States.

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