Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Britain Severs Ties With Iran

Iran runs the risk of being re-categorized from "Tiresome" to a "Bloody Nuisance."

LONDON, March 28
Britain severed ties with Iran Wednesday, keeping open only channels regarding the plight of 15 British sailors and marines taken captive by Iran last week.

"They should not be under any doubt at all about how seriously we regard this act, which is unjustified and wrong," British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett told the House of Commons.

In response, Iran announced the only female sailor being held would be released Thursday, The Times of London reported. Tehran has refused to disclose where the troops are or its intentions on the fates of the male detainees.

Earlier at a London news conference, Vice Admiral Charles Style said the seven Royal Marines and eight sailors were 1.7 nautical miles inside Iraqi waters and not in Iranian territory last Friday, a New York Times correspondent reported.

Tehran has refused to disclose where the troops are or its intentions on their fates.

Style said the British boarding party was in two inflatable boats and had boarded an Indian-flagged ship after observing it unloading cars, as authorized by Iran and the United Nations.