Iran’s Transportation Minister said on Sunday that his country is considering reopening direct flights to the US – the same day that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted photos on his Twitter account gloating over the recent capture of US Sailors.
Israel National News Reports:
Iran’s Transportation Minister on Sunday said his country is considering reopening direct flights to the US – the same day that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted photos on his Twitter account gloating over the recent capture of US sailors.
Two weeks ago on Wednesday Iran released ten US sailors it had captured the day before after they strayed into Iranian waters due to a technical malfunction; Iranian generals later revealed Tehran had missiles locked on American warships ready to blow them out of the water during the standoff.
Khamenei posted pictures on early Sunday morning to his Twitter, detailing how he met with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members who had captured the sailors so as to gloat over the incident.
“What you did was very great, interesting and timely and it was in fact God’s deed that took Americans to our waters so that through your timely job they raised their hands over their heads and were arrested,” Khamenei wrote in a poorly translated rendering of the message he had for the captors.
Concerns have also been raised over a transfer of $1.7 billion in US taxpayer funds to Iran last Sunday coinciding with a prisoner swap and the nuclear deal implementation. From the statements of Iranian officials it appears the transfer, which was for a cancelled military deal from the late 1970s, was a ransom payment.