Monday, June 21, 2004

British Ships, Sailors Seized By Iran
By Guest Blogger - Charles Wilhelm

Three British naval vessels have been seized by Iran and eight crewmen arrested, Reuters has reported this morning.

"This morning three British vessels with eight crew entered the Islamic Republic of Iran's waters and Iran's naval forces, acting on their legal duty, confiscated the vessels and arrested the crew," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said in a statement.

"The crew are under investigation in order to clarify the issue," he added.

Tehran gave no indication of when or whether the British ships and crew might be released.

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