Donald Trump says US warship has shot down 'hostile' Iranian drone

Donald Trump says a US warship has destroyed an Iranian drone on the Strait of Hormuz after it came too close.

The US President claimed the aircraft threatened the USS Boxer by flying within 1,000 yards of it and ignoring multiple calls to stand down.

He described the drone as the latest ‘hostile’ action by Iran and called on other nations to come forward and condemn the country.

The Strait of Hormuz is a strategic waterway between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, which provides the only sea passage from the Gulf to the open ocean.

Trump said the drone’s flight was an attempt to disrupt the freedom of navigation and global commerce through the strait.

He also said it threatened the safety of the warship and its crew.

Earlier today it was revealed Iran had seized a foreign tanker it claims was smuggling fuel in the Gulf.

The country’s state TV is reporting that Revolutionary Guard forces intercepted the ship with 12 crew on board.

Those on board sent a distress call on Sunday, which lead to the ship being impounded, reports claim.

The station said: ‘A foreign vessel smuggling one million litres of fuel in the Larak Island of the Persian Gulf has been seized.’

Tensions have been mounting between the US and Iran for some time over a nuclear deal involving Tehran and world powers.

The UK Foreign Office has now urged the Iranian authorities to de-escalate tensions and has sought more information about the tanker that was seized.

A government spokeswoman said: ‘We are continuously monitoring the security situation there and are committed to maintaining freedom of navigation, in accordance with international law.’

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