Saturday, March 31, 2007

Love notes from Iran...

Day 9 and we're sending notes back and forth like it was high school.
Britain has sent a written response to the Iranian government regarding the 15 detained sailors and marines, the Foreign Office has said. It follows a letter received by the British Embassy in Tehran from the Iranian government earlier this week. Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett said Britain had responded by diplomatic note to Iran's capture of the naval personnel. "We had a diplomatic note and we have made our response." The two sides were now talking, she said.

On a brighter note, it looks like the US State Dept is holding firm.
The statement comes after the United States this morning ruled out a deal to exchange the 15 British sailors and Royal Marines captured by Iran for five Iranians held by US forces. State department spokesman Sean McCormack crushed hopes that the hostages could be swapped as the crisis over the captured Royal Navy personnel entered its ninth day.

The US seized five suspected members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Iraqi city of Irbil in January, fuelling claims that Iran has been supplying Iraqi insurgents with weapons.

Mr McCormack said: “The international community is not going to stand for the Iranian government trying to use this issue to distract the rest of the world from the situation in which Iran finds itself vis-a-vis its nuclear programme.”