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Iranian news outlets released humiliating photos of American Navy sailors on their knees with their hands on their head as Iran took them into custody after their boats drifted into Iranian territory. The images were published just hours after the sailors were released.

Iranian media outlets on Wednesday evening published humiliating pictures of US Navy sailors on their knees with their hands on their head, after they were caught by Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Tuesday when their boats accidentally drifted into Iranian territorial waters.

 

 

US Navy sailors kneeling with their hands on their head as Iranian forces board their boat
US Navy sailors kneeling with their hands on their head as Iranian forces board their boat

 

The 10 sailors were taken into custody at the time, but released on Wednesday after the Iranians determinied they had entered Iranian territorial waters by mistake.

 

The photos show the American sailors with their hands raised to their heads and on heir knees, while Iranian forces boarded the two US boats. Other photos published in Iran show what are likely the sailors' weapons arranged on the deck after a search by the Revolutionary Guard.

 

US Navy sailors kneeling with their hands on their head as Iranian forces board their boat
US Navy sailors kneeling with their hands on their head as Iranian forces board their boat
 

 

Less than an hour after the photos were published, Iranian state television released video footage of one of the American commanders speaking after his arrest. He apologizes for entering Iranian territorial waters and thanks the Iranians for their "hospitality."

 

US Navy sailor apologizing for his boat entering Iranian waters

US Navy sailor apologizing for his boat entering Iranian waters

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 

The pictures come just hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry thanked Iran for its cooperation in the release of the Navy sailors. "“I want to express my gratitude to the Iranian authorities for their cooperation ‎in swiftly resolving this matter," he said.

 

US Navy sailors in Iranian custody before being released (Photo: AP)
US Navy sailors in Iranian custody before being released (Photo: AP)

 

“That this issue was resolved peacefully and efficiently is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure, and strong,” Kerry added.

 

Confirming the sailors' safe release, the Pentagon said there were no indications they were harmed while in Iranian custody.

 

Weapons found after Iranian forces searched US boats that had accidentally entered Iranian waters
Weapons found after Iranian forces searched US boats that had accidentally entered Iranian waters

 

The incident came on the heels of an incident in late December when Iran launched a rocket test near US warships and boats passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

 

Meanwhile, Iran was expected to satisfy the terms of last summer's nuclear deal in just days. Once the UN nuclear agency confirms Iran's actions to roll back its program, the United States and other Western powers are obliged to suspend wide-ranging oil, trade and financial sanctions on Tehran. Kerry recently said the deal's implementation was "days away."

 

On Wednesday, Kerry said that the Iranians had told the US that the central part of their Arak nuclear reactor had been removed.

 

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

 


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