U.S. says sailors made 'navigational error' into Iranian waters: Carter

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Posted: Jan 14, 2016 1:08 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday said the 10 U.S. sailors who were held by Iran before being released on Wednesday made a navigational mistake that brought them into Iranian waters.

"The information that they have given us, and through their commanders is that they did stray accidentally into Iranian waters due to a navigation error," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an television interview with Univision during a trip to Miami. "So that seems to be the original cause of this, according to the interviews that we have done."

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(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Writing by Susan Heavey and Phil Stewart, editing by G Crosse)