10 American Sailors had been detained on the Iranian Farsi Island by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard after what they initially accused them of spying. However, after spending a night there being interrogated the 9 men and 1 woman have been released back into international territory.
The sailors had accidentally strayed into Iranian waters, after their boats has suffered a mechanical problem. This was confirmed by General Ali Fadavi, Navy chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, who confirmed a “broken” navigation system caused the boats to stray into Iranian waters. US Secretary of State, John Kerry, also credited newly developed ties with Iran in helping secure the quick and safe release.
After successfully avoiding an almost identical situation in 2007, where UK sailors and marines were captured for similar reasons by Iran- but for almost two weeks, is this a new beginning for American and Iranian ties?
This was a hugely important test to pass, just days ahead of the implementation of the Nuclear Deal which will see international sanctions being lifted from Iran. It’s a landmark deal which will allow Iran to access international oil markets and operate on the global financial system for trade. But, it is equally important for Barack Obama and his administration that tensions do not escalate, as it could become a stumbling block for the nuclear deal and future relations.
The relations between the two countries are softening, and it is deeply important for both nations that they continue to do so.
John Kerry also said that this was a “testament to the critical role that diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe”.