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Iran releases US marines enter territorial waters

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Wed 13 Jan 2016 - 13:43

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said that two US vessels carrying 10 marines and entered Iranian territorial waters were released.

The vessels entered the waters unintentionally and were released, the IRGC said in a statement.

The arrested marines were transferred to an IRGC Navy base and were interrogated regarding their illegal entrance, the statement read.

US officials in their contacts with Iranian authorities stressed that the vessels' presence in Iranian waters has been unintentional and called for release of the marines, the statement added.

Iran released the US marines after technical and operational investigations under supervision of relevant political and security officials, and after figuring out that their presence in the waters came unintentionally.

The statement said that IRGC naval force would continue its mighty presence in Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz to protect Iranian naval borders and territorial waters.

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