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Iran’s gov’t welcomes US rescue of fishermen

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Iran’s government has welcomed the US Navy’s rescue of Iranian fishermen held by pirates in the northern Arabian Sea. But Iran limited the expression of appreciation to overseas broadcasting.

The US government said on Friday that a US destroyer from the aircraft carrier John Stennis Strike Group rescued 13 Iranian fishermen, held by suspected Somali pirates for more than 40 days. It released video footage of the operation.

The incident took place as tension continues between the US and Iran over the Islamic republic’s nuclear development.

The US has imposed additional sanctions on Iran to halt its oil exports.

Iran is demanding the US naval carrier group stay out of the Persian Gulf and recently conducted military drills near the Strait of Hormuz.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Friday that it is a great story that the very same US ships Iran protested for recently travelling through the Strait of Hormuz were responsible for the rescue.

The Arabic channel of Iran’s state-run TV quoted foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as calling the rescue operation a humanitarian gesture.

But, Iran’s hard-line Fars news agency called the operation a Hollywood dramatization of a routine event. It said Iran’s navy has freed many fishermen held by Somali pirates without publicizing it.

The nation’s major domestic media have not reported the US rescue.



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