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Iran welcomes 'humanitarian' US rescue of fishermen from pirates
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Posted on 01/07/2012 10:48:05 AM PST by chuckee

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's government on Saturday welcomed the U.S. Navy's rescue of 13 Iranian fishermen held by pirates, calling it a positive humanitarian gesture.

U.S. officials announced Friday that the fishermen had been rescued by a U.S. Navy destroyer on Thursday, more than 40 days after their boat was commandeered by suspected Somali pirates in the northern Arabian Sea. The rescue came just days after Tehran warned the U.S. to keep the same group of warships out of the Persian Gulf in a reflection of Iran's fear that American warships could try to enforce an embargo against Iranian oil exports.

"The rescue of Iranian sailors by American forces is considered a humanitarian gesture and we welcome this behavior," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying by state TV's Al-Alam Arabic channel.

Iran's hard-line Fars news agency had a different take, calling the rescue operation a Hollywood dramatization of a routine event...

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If it were the other way around and the Iranian navy rescued American fishermen, no doubt they would be pronounced as "spies" by the Iranian government.
1 posted on 01/07/2012 10:48:07 AM PST by chuckee
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To: chuckee

Irony...delicious irony.


2 posted on 01/07/2012 11:58:47 AM PST by NoPrisoners ("When in the course of human events...")
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Iran's hard-line Fars news agency had a different take, calling the rescue operation a Hollywood dramatization of a routine event...

Heh -- jerks to the end...

3 posted on 01/07/2012 12:53:01 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: chuckee

It is funny that the Iranians probably are more closely aligned with the muslim pirates than with us.


4 posted on 01/07/2012 1:29:19 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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