All UK captives say entered illegally

All 15 British sailors and marines detained by Iran have accepted they illegally entered Iranian waters despite Britain's insistence they were in Iraqi territory, Iranian state radio reported on Monday.

All UK captives say entered illegally

All 15 British sailors and marines detained by Iran have accepted they illegally enteredIranian waters despite Britain'sinsistence they were in Iraqi territory, Iranian state radio reported on Monday.

An Iranian news agency suggested a recent shift in British policy from"clamorous ... policies" had encouraged Iran not to air the footage of allthe British personnel. The agency report did not make clear what that Britishshift was.

"All 15 British soldiers arrested accepted they entered Iranianterritorial waters illegally," the state radio said.

Until now, Iranian state television has shown four of the Britons -- threemen and one woman -- saying they illegally entered Iranian territory when theywere detained on March 23.

Britainhas dismissed the televised "confessions" and has described thefootage of its personnel as unacceptable.

Iran's ISNA news agencysaid Iranhad footage of all the British sailors and marines "explaining detailsabout their arrest in Iranian waters."

"But because of some changes seen in the last two days in the clamorousBritish government policies it (the Iranian broadcaster) will not show thedetails of the interviews," ISNA said.

ISNA did not specify what that shift was but Britainsaid on Sunday it was in direct communication with Iran. On Saturday, British ForeignMinister Margaret Beckett said "everyone regrets that this position hasarisen."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Britain shouldhave apologized. Iranian officials have also criticized Britain fortaking the issue to the United Nations.

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