Iran state TV shows footage of US sailor 'apologizing'

Iranian Video Shows U.S. Sailors As They Were Detained
Iranian Video Shows U.S. Sailors As They Were Detained

DUBAI (Reuters) -- Iranian state television on Wednesday released footage of a detained U.S. sailor in which he is quoted in translation into Farsi as apologizing for his patrol boat having entered Iranian territorial waters in the Gulf by mistake.

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In one sequence of the video, the sailor can be heard saying in English, "That was a misunderstanding" -- which was translated to "a mistake" -- but technical difficulties made it impossible for Reuters to play back the video in full.

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"My navigation system showed I was in Iranian waters but I made a mistake and entered," the sailor, who was introduced as a U.S. navy commander, was quoted as saying by IRIB state TV.

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All 10 detained sailors were released by Iran on Wednesday morning after being held overnight, quickly ending an incident that rattled nerves days ahead of the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord between Iran and world powers.

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