TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard successfully launched a surveillance flight over a US aircraft carrier, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported Saturday.
The report apparently contained footage of a flying guard drone USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and another US warship in the Persian Gulf. The pictures show fighter jets parked on the deck.
Tasnim did not say when the footage was shot.
The development comes after the US government earlier this month appointed the Guard as a terrorist group to step up pressure on Iran and Iran to further isolate the country. Iran responded by calling all US forces terrorists.
Lt. Chloe J. Morgan, a spokesman for the US Naval Forces Central Command, said in an email that the Eisenhower has not been to the Persian Gulf since 201
The drone with which the footage was shot is an Ababil-3 with eight hours of flight at 12,000 feet (3,658 meters) and 250 kilometers (155 miles).
The Trump administration said Monday it will no longer exempt countries from US sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil and increase pressure on Iran, which primarily affects the five remaining major importers: China and India and US allies Japan, South Korea and the US The move is part of the government's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran, which aims to eliminate all revenue from oil exports that the US claims are destabilizing the region.
Iran has reiterated its support long-standing threat to close Iran Strait of Hormuz, if they can not take advantage of the important waterway in the Persian Gulf, through which about a third of the total traded at sea Oil flows.
In 2016, the Iranian Navy similarly made video footage of US nuclear transporter Harry Truman, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, while in the Persian Gulf, air strikes and support operations against the Islamic State Iraq and Syria.
Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.