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Iranian warships to sail to U.S. maritime borders
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep1(253).jpgTEHRAN – Ships can operate freely in international waters, a U.S. defense official said on Saturday, in response to remarks by an Iranian naval officer who said on the same day that Iran plans to send warships near U.S. maritime borders. 
 
"Ships are free to operate in international waters," a U.S. defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, Reuters reported. 
 
The Fars News Agency quoted Admiral Afshin Rezaei Haddad as saying on Saturday that a number of warships had been ordered to approach U.S. maritime borders as a response to the stationing of U.S. vessels in the Persian Gulf. 
 
The fleet consists of a destroyer and a helicopter-carrying supply ship.
It began its voyage last month and entered the Atlantic though South African waters, the IRNA news agency quoted the admiral as saying.
The Iranian ships are reported to be carrying about 30 navy academy cadets for training along with their regular crews. They are on a three-month mission.
 
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