Kerry thanks Iran, credits diplomacy in release of U.S. sailors

by Reuters
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:25 GMT

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry thanked Iranian authorities on Wednesday for their cooperation in the release of 10 American sailors who were taken into custody in the Gulf and credited diplomacy with resolving the situation.

"I think we can all imagine how a similar situation might have played out three or four years ago, and fact that today this kind of issue can be resolved peacefully and efficiently is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure, and strong," Kerry said in a speech at the National Defense University. (Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by David Alexander and Susan Heavey)

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