Here are some of the reactions to Iran’s detainment of US sailors

Published January 14th, 2016 - 11:27 GMT
Republican candidates were inevitably furious with Obama, however there were others who saw the quick release as a sign of improving relations. (Twitter)
Republican candidates were inevitably furious with Obama, however there were others who saw the quick release as a sign of improving relations. (Twitter)

Ten US navy sailors were detained by Iran this week after one of their boats suffered mechanical issues and strayed into Iranian waters. The incident had the potential to increase tensions between the two nations and damage the historic nuclear deal, which is expected to be formally implemented within days, according to Reuters.

The sailors were quickly released, however Iranian state media released a video of them being detained and apologizing for entering its waters. The footage shows the sailors at one point on their knees with their hands on their heads. One unidentified sailor says, “It was a mistake. That was our fault, and we apologise for our mistake.”

Of course this sparked fury from many who believed that Iran was taking advantage of Obama’s alleged weakness in dealing with them. While the quick release was lauded as a sign that relations have drastically improved over the past year, there were still those who took advantage of the situation to criticize the president.

Here are some of the varying reactions to the incident.

Secretary of State John Kerry

John Kerry noted that the release was a sign of warmer relations between Iran and the US. On Wednesday, he said that “we can all imagine how a similar situation might have played out three or four years ago.”

He played a key role in negotiating the release with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump was not happy.

 

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz took the opportunity to slam Obama’s foreign policy, telling conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that, “the fact that Iran feels emboldened enough to capture two U.S. Navy ships and to take 10 sailors into custody is really a demonstration of the unbelievable weakness of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy.”

Jeb Bush

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush claimed that Obama’s Iran policy was “humiliatingly weak.”

 

Those who kept them in check

There were, of course, those who highlighted that the sailors were released so quickly, and accused the Republicans of trying to make a bigger issue out of the incident.


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