British marine 'apologises' to Iran

A second member of the Royal Navy crew captured in the Gulf has apologised for trespassing in Iranian waters, in a broadcast on Iranian television.

British marine 'apologises' to Iran

Iraniantelevision has broadcast an interview with a captured British marine in whichhe admitted to entering Iranian waters illegally and apologised to the Iranianpeople.

TheArabic-language Al-Alam television channel showed an interview with the marineon Friday in which he said: "I deeply apologise for entering yourwaters."

Footageof three of the 15 captured British navy personnel was shown by Al-Alam.

"Thetreatment has been very friendly," the marine - identified as NathanThomas Summers - said on the state-run channel.

Al-Alamsaid it would broadcast a longer interview with Summers later.

Britaincondemned the broadcast as "outrageous"

"Usingour military personnel for purposes of propaganda like this isoutrageous," said a foreign ministry spokesman.

Ali RezaRonaghi, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Tehran, says that the broadcast was partof Iran's attempt to prove that the British personnel were in Iranian waters.

"I'mnot sure if the credibility of these pictures will be trusted by a globalaudience," Ronaghi said.

Apology

Theinterview was broadcast as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, demandedan apology by the British government, the Fars news agency said.

TheIranian leader made the statement in a telephone conversation with TayyipErdogan, the Turkish prime minister, Fars said.

FifteenBritish sailors and marines were captured by the Iranian navy on March 23 whilepatrolling near the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab waterway.

Britainhas demanded their release, insisting that they were in Iraqi waters at thetime they were intercepted.

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