Iran’s official IRNA news agency initially said a US warship had only “claimed” to have carried out the rescue, and that Iranian military leaders had not confirmed it.
The Fars news agency then reported that the rescue was nothing more than a “Hollywood movie” that was the object of a “media blitz” by the Pentagon.
“Iran’s navy has on so many occasions rescued foreign ships from pirates, but they have never been praised and hailed by foreign media, not that Iranian navy officials were looking for propaganda,” Fars said.
“There is suspicion and doubt about this American action, which seems to have been pre-organised,” it said.
“It was more like a Hollywood film with a fixed location and specific actors,” said Fars, highlighting that the US navy had provided video of the incident.
“This shows the Americans were looking at using it for propaganda advantage,” it added.