March 28, 2007
Tensions are growing between Britain and Iran but the U.S. says that it will not escalate tensions with Iran even though it supports Britain.
Iran has promised it will soon release the one female sailor it
captured among 15 British forces snatched last week, and promised that it will soon release video footage of all the Royal Navy personnel held in custody.
But the British Prime Minister demands that all the troops be returned
immediately and made clear his patience is wearing thin.
"It is now time to ratchet up the diplomatic and international pressure
in order to make sure the Iranian government understands its total
isolation on this issue" said Blair.
The ministry of defense unveiled this evidence it says proves the
British forces were operating within Iraqi waters when they were
'ambushed' by Iranian forces on Friday.
It included a picture of a global satellite instrument showing the
location of the incident, taken from a helicopter overhead after it
One government minister called Iran a 'dysfunctional pariah' and
urged the international community to come down hard, something
Britain has already started doing.
"We will therefore be imposing a freeze on all other official bilateral
business with Iran until this situation is resolved" said Margaret Beckett, British Foreign Secretary.
Britain is demanding that its diplomats at least be able to check on the
well being of their forces, something Turkey has offered to do as a
sort of third party observer.
News that Iran may release 26-year-old mother of one Faye Turney in a day or two will be welcome and videotape of their forces will
bring some comfort, but nobody will be satisfied until all their
servicemen are brought back home safe and sound.