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Iran FM Demands UN Action on Detained Diplos
US Military Has Held Five Iranians Since January
04/09/2007 7:12 PM ET
UNITED NATIONS, UNITED NATIONS: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki speaks before the United Nations Security Council 24 March 2007.
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UNITED NATIONS, UNITED NATIONS: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki speaks before the United Nations Security Council 24 March 2007.

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Monday called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to adopt immediate measures to compel the US military to release the five Iranian diplomats detained after a raid on their office in Irbil on January 11.

Mottaki, in a letter to the Security Council reported by state-run Iranian media, asked that the UN body avoid any double standard, in an obvious reference to Iran's release of the detained British troops last week.

"Despite repeated demands from Iranian and Iraqi governments for the freedom of five Iranian diplomats, they are still in custody of foreign forces in Iraq," he said in the message.

"Unfortunately, UNSC has not paid attention to the demands for examining the violation of international laws and principles ruling the diplomatic and consular affairs."

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