White House Communications Director Jen Psaki said Obama does not plan to address two US Navy boats and ten sailors held by Iran during his State of the Union address this evening.

“There are no plans to address this issue,” Psaki told CNN. “He’s tracking this closely, he’s following this closely but the state of the union will not be about this issue.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan urged Obama to “update the American people” on the situation.

US officials confirmed two Riverine boats were tracked in the territorial waters of Iran near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf after a launch from Kuwait. The Pentagon said a mechanical problem with one of the boats caused them to drift into Iranian territorial waters.

Iran reportedly confiscated GPS equipment from the boats.

“We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told The Associated Press.

Secretary of State John Kerry contacted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif to resolve the situation.

Iran is expected to return the sailors and ships on Wednesday.

Republicans cited the incident to argue Iran cannot be trusted.

On Wednesday the House will vote on legislation providing Congress with additional oversight on the nuclear agreement previously agreed upon with Iran.


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