Obama’s ‘Humiliatingly Weak’ Iran Policy Revealed by Seizure of Navy Boats: Jeb Bush
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – US Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said seizure of two US Navy boats by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) reveals a "humiliatingly weak" Iran policy on the part of President Barack Obama.
“If our sailors aren’t coming home yet, they need to be now. No more bargaining. Obama’s humiliatingly weak Iran policy is exposed again,” Bush said on Tuesday.
According to IRGC Public Relations, the sailors were freed on Wednesday following an apology from the US side and after technical and operational investigations indicated that the intrusion into Iranian territorial waters was unintentional.
The IRGC also underlined that the US has pledged to prevent such mistakes in the future.
The seizure took place at 4:30 P.M. local time, Tuesday, when the two American combat vessels, with 10 armed sailors on board, entered Iran’s territorial waters near the island of Farsi.
The IRGC said the captured US troops, including 9 men and a woman, were treated properly.
The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier had been drifting out southeast of the Iranian island of Farsi in the international waters when the Iranian forces seized the two boats, while the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle had been also patrolling in the international waters northeast of the island at the time of the seizure, the IRGC added.
Later, US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by phone with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif about the issue.