The Straits Times
Published on Nov 24, 2012

Iran accuses US Navy of 'illegal' acts in Gulf


UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Iran is accusing the United States Navy of carrying out "illegal and provocative acts" in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman.

In identical letters to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and the Security Council, Iran's UN Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee said the Navy repeatedly violated the country's airspace.

He cited flights over the coastal areas of Bushehr on seven occasions in October and most recently a US drone flight on Nov 1 which disregarded all radio warnings and penetrated Iranian airspace.

The letters, circulated on Friday, urged Mr Ban to warn the US "against the continuation of acts in violation of international law and of the adverse consequences of any provocative and dangerous acts for which the United States government would be held responsible."