Normally I wouldn’t be so quick to believe the Iranians about anything, but given that it was John Kerry who contacted them, it’s very likely that he did apologize and probably slobbered all over himself while doing it:
BBC – The US has apologised to Iran after 10 American sailors were arrested for entering Iranian waters, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards naval forces has said.
General Ali Fadavi accused those detained of “unprofessional” acts.
But he suggested the group, who are being held by the guards, could be released soon.
The incident comes at a sensitive time, as the US and Iran try to implement the deal on Iran’s nuclear activities.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has contacted Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif over the incident.
Giving his assessment of the talks, Gen Fadavi said “Mr Zarif had a firm stance, saying that they were in our territorial waters and should not have been, and saying that they [the US] should apologise”.
“This has been done and it will not take long, and the naval force, according to its hierarchy, will act immediately upon the orders it receives,” he added.
Iran has since released video of them holding our Navy hostages:
— CNN (@CNN) January 13, 2016
Notice in both videos that one female soldier there has her head covered. Ugh. I certainly don’t blame her for that, just pointing out that Iran forced her to cover her head.
And here’s video of them taking our soldiers into custody. Watching this just makes me angry (h/t: SooperMexican):
Fars news shows the video of capturing the US navy sailors pic.twitter.com/7kbsUe8kDR
— Zaid Benjamin (@zaidbenjamin) January 13, 2016
And here’s a well stated tweet on the matter:
The actual state of the union pic.twitter.com/wosaGXhANe
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) January 13, 2016