Iran reportedly threatened to shoot down two US Navy spy planes as they flew over international waters in the Persian Gulf this weekend.
US defense officials told Fox News a Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft and a EP-3 Eries were warned if they didn’t change course they would be shot down.
The military planes were on a reconnaissance mission 13 miles off the coast of Iran on September 10 when the incident occurred, meaning they were just one mile outside Iran’s territorial waters.
International maritime law says nations can have a belt of waters extending 12 nautical miles from the coast.
‘It’s one thing to tell someone to get off your lawn, but we weren’t on their lawn,’ an official told Fox News.
The incident comes after at least five other confrontations in the area – denounced by the Pentagon as ‘unprofessional’ encounters – were revealed in the past month.
In one incident, an Iranian boat came within 100 yards of a US coastal patrol ship in the Persian Gulf, forcing the USS Firebolt to maneuver out of the way.
Another confrontation prompted an American ship to fire warning shots.