Iran on Saturday applauded the US's rescue of 13 Iranians held hostage for weeks by pirates in the Arabian Sea, calling it a "humanitarian and positive" act.
rescue operation took place on Thursday by the same US aircraft carrier group that Iran warned not to return to the Gulf.
Speaking with Iran's Arabic-language broadcaster Al-Alam, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that "we
consider the actions of the US forces in saving the lives of Iranian
seamen to be a humanitarian and positive act and we welcome such
"We think all nations should display such behavior," AFP quoted him as saying.