Iran expressed gratitude to the U.S. Navy
Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday (07.01.2012), welcomed and thanked the United States Navy who had rescued 13 fishermen from Iran sekapan Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea, and called it a "humanitarian action".
However, the Fars news agency hardline and close to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, refused to rescue it and call it a Hollywood-style action propaganda, intended to justify the presence of the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf.
American officials who announced the action Friday's rescue, said the U.S. sailors from the Kidd destroyers armed with missiles, Iran and save the fishermen arrested 15 Somali pirates.
U.S. Navy rescue of the fishermen Iran after one of the fishermen in radio communications to inform you that they are being held captive Somali pirates.
U.S. officials said that the fisherman who saved destroyers Iran is part of a group of U.S. warships the same, which denied its presence in the Persian Gulf by Iran over the years.
"We consider the action of the United States Navy forces to save the fishermen of Iran as a humanitarian action and positive action. We welcome such good behavior," said a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Ramin Mehmanparast, the government televsi Arabic, Al Alam, Saturday . "We think all countries should do the same," he said, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, Sunday (01/08/2012).
While the Fars news agency said the hardline, Iranian naval vessels often frees foreign ships from pirates sekapan without seeking publicity.
"A U.S. helicopter rescue record the action from the first minute, like making a Hollywood movie in a specific location with a particular actor. It shows Americans trying to exploit this rescue action through the media and bring the American warship as a savior," according to Fars.
Rescue action comes amid rising tensions between the West and Iran about Iran's nuclear program. America and its allies suspect Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons, but Tehran denied the allegations and says its nuclear program is only for the sake of peace.
Responding to the growing Western sanctions, Iranian officials threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz. About one fifth of world oil exports through the strait.
On Tuesday last week, the Iranian military commanders requested the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis to stay out of the Persian Gulf after crossing the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian Navy also conducts war games for 10 days near the strait.
On Saturday, Iran's Revolutionary Guards started a military exercise near the Afghan border, according to Fars reported.Mohammed Pakpour, commander of the troops, said that the war exercises aimed at improving border security. Iran also plans to hold additional military exercises near the Strait of Hormuz, in February 2012.