Pelosi credits Iran deal for sailors' release
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiFeehery: The problem with the Dem wave theory Senior Dem on leadership shake-up: ‘All of us have got to go’ if GOP holds House To succeed in Syria, Democrats should not resist Trump policy MORE (D-Calif.) says the safe return of 10 detained U.S. Navy sailors from Iran is proof that the nuclear agreement with Tehran has improved diplomatic relations.

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“The fact is they are free. They have been — they’re back. It happened quickly,” Pelosi said on CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday. “And I think the diplomacy in the treaty and the fact that the implementation day is imminent all weighed in to make this something that was resolved as quickly as possible.”

She called the sailors' release “proof that building a diplomatic relationship with Iran, at least in terms of the nuclear treaty, has served us well.”

The sailors were freed on Wednesday after being held by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on Farsi Island for a day.

The sailors were taken into custody Tuesday after one of their two boats experienced mechanical failures, drifting into Iranian waters 

None of the sailors was harmed in the incident, the Navy said.

The White House said there is no indication the detainment was an act of aggression.

Republicans, though, seized on the incident, arguing that the nuclear deal has only given Iran more leverage over the U.S.

“This kind of openly hostile action is not surprising,” Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonThe Hill's Morning Report - Lawsuits, investigations send Trump on Twitter tirade GOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics' Sunday Shows Preview: Emmanuel Macron talks ahead of state dinner MORE (R-Ark.) said Tuesday on CNN’s “Situation Room.” “It’s exactly what I and so many others predicted when President Obama was negotiating the nuclear deal with Iran, that it would embolden their aggression toward the United States and our allies in the region.”

Republican presidential hopeful Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzAfter Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp Cruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election MORE said the incident was the latest evidence that the world does not respect President Obama.

“This is the latest manifestation of the weakness of Barack Obama, that every bad actor ... views Obama as a laughing stock,” he said.