British Captives Standoff Stiffens

Experts say there is no clear border between Iran and Iraqi waters
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2007 7:17 AM CDT
British Captives Standoff Stiffens
A video grab 28 March 2007 off the Iranian Arabic-language television...    (Getty Images)

London and Tehran and ratcheted up the rhetoric over the 15 British soldiers being held captive in Iran yesterday, the LA Times reports: Britain got the UN Security Council to issue a statement of "grave concern," while Tehran released more video of sailors professing guilt and issued charts and satellite readings to prove UK ships crossed into their waters six times.

Marine experts told the Times there's no clear border between Iranian and Iraqi waters, citing a long history of dispute and confusion and the lack of a treaty between the two nations. English officials had hoped for a more strongly worded UN statement. including the words "deplore" and "immediate release" rather than "early resolution." (Read more Iraq stories.)

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