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Iran and UK raise stakes over navy crew

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Iran and UK raise stakes over navy crew


The release of images of British naval personnel being held in Iran for allegedly entering Iranian waters has intensifed the row between the countries. Iranian TV aired an interview with the lone woman among the group of 15 crew. In it she says her patrol boat had strayed into the Iranian side of the Persian Gulf.

Britain says it believes Faye Turney and the others were coerced into appearing on television and making such statements. London has broken off all contacts with Tehran, except those relating to the detained sailors.

Defence Minister Des Brown reflected the government’s hardline stance. “I do not intend to dwell on the nature of the footage or indeed the nature of which it was put into the public domain, other than to say it is completely unacceptable to parade people in this way.”

Iran has said Turney will be released soon, but Britain says it has received no confirmation. Both governments maintain they have evidence backing up their respective claims about the crew’s position when arrested.

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