Pentagon: 2 U.S. Navy Boats in Iranian Custody, but Iran Says Crew Will Be Returned ‘Promptly’
“We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly,” Cook said.
“…have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly.”
U.S. officials said that the incident happened near Farsi Island, situated in the middle of the Persian Gulf. They say it stemmed from some type of mechanical trouble with one of the boats, causing them to run aground. The troops were picked up by Iran.
Kerry “personally engaged with Zarif on this issue to try to get to this outcome,” the official said.
Secretary of State John Kerry, who has forged a personal relationship with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif through three years of nuclear negotiations, called Zarif immediately on learning of the incident, according to a senior U.S. official.
This comes on the heels of an incident in late December when Iran launched a rocket test near U.S. warships and boats passing through the Strait of Hormuz.
The officials were not authorized to discuss the sensitive incident publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.