Kerry: US Grateful to Iran for Swift Release of American Sailors

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US Secretary of State thanked Iranian authorities for resolving the issue which led to the detention of American sailors and expressed gratitute for their swift release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US government is grateful to Tehran for helping to arrange a prompt release of ten American sailors who were seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Wednesday.

“I want to express my gratitude to Iranian authorities for their cooperation in swiftly resolving this matter,” Kerry stated.

A U.S. Navy riverine gun-boat patrols during the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) at the Middle East Gulf, in this May 13, 2013 photo. Iran detained 10 U.S. sailors aboard two U.S. Navy riverine boats in the Gulf on Tuesday in an incident that rattled nerves days ahead of the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord with Tehran. - Sputnik International
Iran Releases Detained US Sailors After Violation of Territorial Waters
On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that Iran has seized two boats with ten US sailors in the Persian Gulf. The officials noted, however, that the navy personnel were safe and would be able to continue their trip to Bahrain.

A source in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps told Sputnik on Wednesday that US vessels entered Iranian territorial waters due to a technical fault.

Kerry underscored that the peaceful resolution of the incident has become a testament to the critical role diplomacy could play in keeping the United States safe.

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