Iran frees US sailors held in Gulf

    Iran frees US sailors held in Gulf

    Jan 13, Tehran: Iran's Revolutionary Guards have released 10 US sailors held for entering its territorial waters in the Gulf, according to the local media reports.

    State television reports said that they were detained on Tuesday after one of their two vessels broke down during a training mission, the US says.

    A statement read on state media said the group was released into international waters after apologising.

    It comes at a sensitive time, as the US and Iran try to implement the deal on Iran's nuclear activities.

    A US official confirmed the sailors' release to the Reuters news agency.

    The incursion was "unintentional", a statement from the Revolutionary Guards quoted by state media said.

    Earlier, the naval commander of the Guards, General Ali Fadavi, said investigations found a navigational failure was to blame.

    "We have concluded that passage of Americans in our territorial waters was not a hostile passage or for espionage or similar acts," he told Iranian television.

    The Oslo Times


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