U.S. Sailor Shown ‘Apologizing' on Iranian State TV

A U.S. Navy sailor who was briefly taken into custody with nine others by Iranian authorities Tuesday was shown on state television apologizing for entering the country’s territory, NBC News reported.

"It was a mistake that was our fault, and we apologize for our mistake," the sailor is shown saying on state television. It is unclear under what circumstances the apology was made.

In the video, the sailor is asked whether GPS showed they entered Iranian water and he replied, “I believe so.”

The ten sailors were held overnight on Iran’s Farsi Island and released Wednesday. They were taken into custody when their two small vessels entered Iranian waters during a training mission.

U.S. officials said there was no government apology to Iran. 

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