Iran has gone back on its promise to release the female British sailor being held in Iran, along with 14 colleagues. Tehran has blamed what it calls “incorrect behaviour” and “bullying” on the part of the British for its change of heart. It insists Faye Turney and the rest of her crew were trespassing in Iranian waters. Britain is adamant they were not.
EU Foreign policy Chief Javier Solana has now stepped into the row. “I think that what Iran has to do is liberate, immediately, all the soldiers that have been taken, according to our information, in an illegal manner. They have to do it rapidly, and immediately, because we want to have good relations with Iran.”
But those relations are increasingly strained. Iran is reportedly furious that Britain has involved the EU, and the UN rather than sending an expert technical team to Iran. Ali Larijani, the Head of Iran’s National Security Council says the only way out of the impasse is a British apology and a promise they will not do it again.
On the streets of Tehran the political temperature also appears to be rising. Demonstrators have besieged the British embassy calling on their government to execute the “British spies”.