January 13, 2016

THE TRADE DEAL JUST KEEPS PAYING DIVIDENDS...:

Kerry Thanks Iran for Quick Release of U.S. Sailors (THOMAS ERDBRINK, HELENE COOPER and DAVID E. SANGERJAN. 13, 2016, NY Times)

The quick release of the sailors stands in sharp contrast to the episode eight years ago involving the British marines, which developed into a major international standoff.

In 2007, 15 British marines were arrested by the Revolutionary Guards Navy, which accused them of entering Iranian waters. The sailors were held for 13 days before the government of Mr. Ahmadinejad, then the president, set them free during a televised farewell ceremony in which they were given new suits and carpets as parting gifts.

A prominent conservative Iranian analyst with ties to the senior leadership emphasized that in the current incident, both sides had sought to keep tensions low.

"This time, the Americans were cooperative in proving their innocence, and they quickly accepted their faults without resistance," the analyst, Hamidreza Taraghi, said in a phone interview. "The sailors apologized for having strayed into Iranian waters."

Also playing a role was the strong relationship that has developed between Mr. Kerry and the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, during negotiations on the nuclear deal, Mr. Taraghi said.

It's just how allies roll...

Posted by at January 13, 2016 10:52 AM

  

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