Tehran criticizes U.N. on held Iranians in Iraq

Iran's foreign minister criticized U.N. Security Council inaction in the case of five Iranians detained by U.S. troops in Iraq, the Iranian state news agency said.

Tehran criticizes U.N. on held Iranians in Iraq
Iran's foreign minister criticized U.N. Security Council inaction in the case of five Iranians detained by U.S. troops in
Iraq, the Iranian state news agency said Monday.

The United States detained the five Iranians in the northern city of Irbil in January and has not allowed Iranian officials to visit them. The U.S. has accused Iran of providing money and weapons to Shiites in Iraq, charges Iran denies.

Iran has denounced their detention, denying that they had any links to insurgents and saying the five men were diplomats who were engaged exclusively in consular work.

"It is very regrettable that the requests (for release) were not regarded, and the council is still refusing to undertake necessary actions," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in the letter to the Security Council.

The letter was reported by Iran's state broadcasting company Sunday, but its contents were not revealed.

Mottaki was quoted in the letter as criticizing the Security Council's double standards, an apparent reference to the body's decision to issue a statement expressing "grave concern" during the standoff over 15 British sailors who were detained by Iran for allegedly entering Iranian waters. The sailors were released last week, and Britain continues to deny they entered Iran's territory.

On Sunday, Mottaki said he sent a letter to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari warning that the continued detention of its diplomats would affect Iranian aid to Iraq.
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