Iranian video shows apparently routine activity by Iranian patrol boats, while Pentagon officials say radio threat may not have been from Iranian forces.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the Iranian tape, aired Thursday by Iran's state-owned Press TV, was meant to reinforce Tehran's argument that the incident between Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrols and US warships on Sunday was a "normal inspections of vessels," not a hostile act.
The video showed an Iranian naval officer on a small boat speaking via radio to a ship which can not be clearly identified. A total of three ships can be seen on the video.
The Iranian officer says: "Coalition warship 73 this Iranian navy patrol boat".
"This is coalition warship 73. I read you loud and clear," the person replied in what appears to be an American accent.
The Iranian officer then appears to ask for the ships to identify themselves, although not all his words can be understood:
"Coalition warship 73 this Iranian navy patrol boat, request side number ... operating in the area this time," the Iranian voice says.
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