Iranian state media has released new video and photos that appear to show a U.S. sailor crying while being detained last month.
The footage is sure to enrage U.S. lawmakers who have criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the incident.
"This administration's continued silence is shameful and dangerous," Sen. John McCainJohn McCainDrug importation won't save dollars or lives Dem rep Charlie Crist files for divorce Why the GOP cannot sweep its Milo scandal under the rug MORE (R-Ariz.) said in a written statement Wednesday. "The failure to affirm basic legal principles and the refusal to defend the character and reputation of those sailors places all American service members at greater risk."
Iran state TV airs new footage of captured US sailors, sailor in tears in footage pic.twitter.com/nSzQFBB0G8— Sobhan Hassanvand (@Hassanvand) February 10, 2016
On Jan. 12, two Navy riverine boats carrying 10 sailors strayed into Iranian waters after what the Pentagon has called a “navigational error.” Iran detained the sailors for 16 hours.
The administration has painted the incident as a win for diplomacy because the sailors were released quickly.
But Obama’s critics have decried that characterization, saying the incident shows how Iran has been emboldened by the recently enacted nuclear deal.
Iran previously released photos and video that showed the sailors kneeling with their hands behind their heads, as well as a sailor apologizing for going into Iranian waters.
Critics said Iran embarrassed the United States by releasing the propaganda and have slammed Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryNew York Knicks owner gave 0K to pro-Trump group A bold, common sense UN move for the Trump administration Former Obama officials say Netanyahu turned down secret peace deal: AP MORE for thanking Iran for treating the sailors well.
Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter later both said they were angered at the earlier footage that had been released.
“I was very, very angry at it,” Carter said at a press briefing in late January. “To see our guys in that situation on Iranian TV, that's really not okay.”
-- Updated at 2:46 p.m.