Images of some of the 15 British sailors and marines arrested by Iran on Friday have been shown on Iranian television. It had earlier been reported that Iran plans to release Faye Turney, the only woman among the captives, today or tomorrow. The Iranian TV report showed a letter that Turney had allegedly written to her family. In it she said she and her colleagues were fine and being well treated. She also described the Iranians as “friendly, hospitable and thoughtful.”
The images were broadcast only hours after London announced that, apart from talks on the crisis, all official dealings with Iran were being frozen. London has condemned the showing of the images as “unacceptable”. Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett addressed parliament earlier in the day:
“We are now in a new phase of diplomatic activity. That is why the Ministry of Defence has today released details of the incident and why I have concluded that we need to focus all our bilateral efforts during this phase towards a swift resolution of this issue. We will therefore be imposing a freeze on all official bilateral business with Iran until this situation is resolved.” Iran maintains the service personnel were in Iranian waters, but London says they were in Iraqi waters under a UN mandate.