Carter 'Very, Very Angry' at Iranian Video of US Sailors

  • This picture released by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, shows detention of American Navy sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, Iran. (Sepahnews via AP)
    This picture released by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, shows detention of American Navy sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, Iran. (Sepahnews via AP)
  • This picture released by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, shows detained American Navy sailors in an undisclosed location in Iran. Sepahnews via AP
    This picture released by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, shows detained American Navy sailors in an undisclosed location in Iran. Sepahnews via AP
  • This picture released by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, shows detained American Navy sailors in an undisclosed location in Iran. Sepahnews via AP
    This picture released by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, shows detained American Navy sailors in an undisclosed location in Iran. Sepahnews via AP

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says Iran's videotaping of American sailors surrendering aboard their boats in the Persian Gulf earlier this month made him deeply angry.

In the video, the 10 Americans were on their knees with their hands on the heads, as Iranian troops took them and their boats into custody. They were released the following morning. The boats had crossed into Iranian territorial waters for reasons the U.S. Navy has not yet fully explained.

Carter said that if the circumstances were reversed, U.S. forces would not have videotaped captured Iranian sailors.

He said he has no reason to think the U.S. sailors acted inappropriately. One of them admitted on camera that the boats had strayed into Iranian waters, and he apologized for that.

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