Iranian state television has shown new footage of some of 15 detained British sailors and marines. It follows fresh media reports that the whole group had admitted to entering Iranian waters illegally. Iranian state radio says the 15 all accept they were picked up in Iranian waters despite the UK’s insistence they were in Iraqi territory.
A video is said to exist where they all give details but Iran says it will not be broadcast on TV because of “positive changes” in what it calls the “clamorous policies” of the British government.
Similar broadcasts earlier in the 10-day-old dispute have angered London. At the weekend, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said a diplomatic note had been sent to the Iranians.
A spokesman added that a lot was now going on behind the scenes.