Iranian defence minister urges moderation over detained British troops
TEHRAN (AFP) Jun 22, 2004
Iran's defence minister said Tuesday a crisis over the arrest of eight British troops was "solvable" and that the Islamic republic should not adopt a hostile attitude, the ISNA news agency reported.

"The issue of the British boats is solvable," Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani told the student news agency.

"Those wrongdoers who do not have a hostile attitude should be dealt with in a way that corresponds with Iranian dignity."

Iran on Tuesday turned down British appeals for the team of Royal Marines and sailors to be freed immediately, saying it had to establish first why they had crossed into Iranian territorial waters on the southern border with Iraq.