Britain takes case against Iran to U.N.

Britain took its case to free its 15 sailors held by Iran to the UN. Previously Iran said the release of the female British sailor may be delayed if Britain takes the issue to the UN Security Council or freezes relations

Britain takes case against Iran to U.N.

Britaintook its case to free its 15 sailors and marines held by Iran to the United Nations on Thursday, askingthe Security Council to support a statement that would "deplore" Tehran's action and demandtheir immediate release.

But Security Council diplomats said the brief press statement circulated byBritain's U.N. Mission is likely to face problems from Russia and othersbecause it says the Britons were "operating in Iraqi waters" — apoint the Iranian government contests.

Then the Iranian military chief, Gen. Ali Reza Afshar, said that owing tothe "wrong behavior" of the British government, "the release ofa female British soldier has been suspended," the semiofficial Iraniannews agency Mehr reported.

Prime Minister Tony Blair'sofficial spokesman dismissed a suggestion Wednesday by Iranian Foreign MinisterManouchehr Mottaki that Britain should resolve the crisis by admitting that itspersonnel had made a "mistake" and crossed into Iranian waters.

Instead, Britainsought a U.N. declaration condemning the detentions, a Foreign Office officialhad said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss thesubject.

Previously Iransaid the release of the female British sailor may be delayed if Britaintakes the issue to the UN Security Councilor freezes relations, the country's top negotiator Ali Larijani said

The standoff and broader tensions in the Gulf region helped fuel a spike inworld oil prices.

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