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Pentagon Confirms Incident Between US Coast Guard and Iranian Fishing Boat

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed on Tuesday that the U.S. Coast Guard had fired a single shot at a small Iranian fishing boat.

Kirby said at Tuesday's briefing that the Iranian boat, a small dhow, had been the subject of a brief incident. The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard boat, which regularly patrols the Persian Gulf, spotted the dhow, and saw a "machine gun or small arms weapon" pointed at the Coast Guard boat, Kirby said.

The Coast Guard then fired a single shot at the dhow in response. Kirby could not confirm whether the shot was a warning shot or if it hit the vessel, but said that the Iranian boat "pulled away" and that "nobody was hurt."

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