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TA-ANALYSIS: Iran rejects notion that they forcibly escorted UK servicemen into Iranian territory.

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posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 02:57 AM
The eight servicemen from the UK that were taken by Iran, are saying that they were forcibly escorted into Iran's territorial waters, and that they never strayed from Iraq's waters.

Iran rejects UK servicemen claims

The men maintain they were operating in Iraq's waters and had not strayed into Iran's, UK defence secretary Geoff Hoon said.

"During the hand-over of the British servicemen in Tehran, the British charge d'affaires signed the minutes of the meeting that he attended with the relevant Iranian officials.

"The minutes admitted that the British boats entered the Iranian waters by mistake," Mr Asefi said in a statement issued through Iran's official news agency.

And, he added, Mr Straw, during a telephone conversation with Iran's Foreign Minister, Kamal Kharrazi, had also said the British soldiers entered Iranian waters by mistake.

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In the article they hint that Iran was probably sending a message to both the British and to Iraq about Iran's readiness, and the dispute of territorial waters which was one of the causes for their war in the 1980s.

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[edit on 2-7-2004 by Muaddib]

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