Iran to return detained U.S. sailors early Wednesday -U.S. official

by Reuters
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:30 GMT

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Plans are in place for Iran to return 10 U.S. sailors to a U.S. Navy vessel in international waters early Wednesday, after they were taken into custody while traveling from Kuwait to Bahrain, a U.S. defense official said late Tuesday.

The official said it was deemed safer to carry out the exchange in daylight. The plans call for Iran to bring the sailors to international waters, where they will be transferred to a vessel from the USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

It was not immediately clear what would happen with the two riverine patrol boats that the sailors - nine men and one woman - were on when they were detained by Iran. Iran had assured the U.S. government that the sailors were being treated well and there were no injuries, the official added.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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