Manouchehr Mottaki's statement comes amid escalatingtensions, highlighted by Iranian television footage of the Britons showing theonly woman captive saying her group had "trespassed" into Iranianwaters.
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Mottaki said that if the alleged entry into Iranian waterswas a mistake "this can be solved".
"But they have to show that it was a mistake - thatwill help us to end this issue," he said.
"Admitting the mistake will facilitate asolution to the problem,'' he said late on Wednesday.
It was the first time that
Mottaki also said that
"We have accepted that [British request], thereis no problem. Measures are under way. They can meet them," he said.
That concession did not appear to assuage British outrage.
Tony Blair, the prime minister, told parliament on Wednesdaythat "there was no justification whatever ... for their detention, it wascompletely unacceptable, wrong and illegal".
"We had hoped to see their immediate release; this hasnot happened. It is now time to ratchet up the diplomatic and internationalpressure in order to make sure the Iranian government understands its totalisolation on this issue," he said.
Mottaki also appeared to backtrack on an earlierstatement that Faye Turney, the only female among the 15 sailors captured,would be freed on Wednesday or Thursday, saying instead that
He said earlier reports that he had said she could be freedon Wednesday or Thursday were incorrect, saying: "I was probablymisquoted."
On Wednesday, Mottaki had said on the sidelines of an Arabsummit in
But whether by Thursday or "soon", the Britishforeign ministry said that was "not good enough", repeating a callfor the release of all 15 crew members.
"Obviously the release of one person, one of themilitary personnel and not the others, is not good enough," a ministryspokesman said.
Source:AgenciesGüncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16