Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei thanked Iranian naval forces for temporarily detaining US sailors and seizing their boats, after a court order was issued for their confiscation, he also condemned the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran stating that it was an action that damaged the country.
The Saudi embassy was stormed on January 2 by protesters after Saudi Arabia executed a Shiite Muslim cleric for charges including "inciting sectarian strife", the incident severed relations with Riyadh.
Khamenei was quoted on a website as saying, “attacking the Saudi embassy was really bad and harmed Iran and Islam, but this should not be an excuse to criticise our devout young people.”
Khamenei stated that he didn’t have the opportunity to thank the young soldiers in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, assuring that what they did in the Persian Gulf was right.
Ten US sailors, aboard two boats, entered Iranian territorial waters without permission, leading the IRGC to detain the soldiers for 15 hours.
“It was a mistake, that was our fault, and we apologise for our mistake,” said a US sailor who was seen in a video sitting with other sailors.
“Politicians should do the same and stop the enemies with full power if they cross the line anywhere,” Khamenei said.
Implementation of the nuclear deal with world powers was welcomed by Khamenei on Tuesday, along with the lifting of international sanctions against Iran.
He warned that Tehran should remain wary of its old enemy the United States and its "deceit and treachery."