DC09 Posted June 21, 2004 #1 Share Posted June 21, 2004 TEHRAN, Iran - Iran confiscated three British military vessels Monday and arrested eight armed crew members, state television reported. The three British ships entered Iranian territorial waters not far from the Iran-Iraq border, the Arabic language Al-Alam television reported. "Iranian forces confiscated the ships and eight military personnel on board," the report said. The television report said crew members were carrying maps and weapons. It also said the ships were confiscated at about 11 a.m. between the Bahmanshir and Arvand rivers, which would put them in the Shatt-al-Arab waterway east of the Iraqi city of Faw. The broadcast gave no further details. In London, the Ministry of Defense said it was investigating the report but did not know if it was true. The ministry said there were no British warships operating in the Shatt-al-Arab waterway but some smaller vessels were there. "We are assisting the Iraqi water police there so it may be one of those vessels," a spokesman said on condition of anonymity. "We don't know." The Foreign Office said British diplomats in Tehran had been in contact with the Iranian government but it was still unclear what had happened. Iranian-British relations have been strained in recent days, since London helped draft a resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors meeting last week in Vienna that rebuked Iran for past nuclear cover-ups. Iran accused Britain of caving in to U.S. pressure. Article Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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