Bildt backs British over Iran “kidnapping”

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has added his voice to those condemning Iran's seizure of 15 British sailors and marines.

Speaking at a press conference after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Bremen, German, on Friday, Bildt gave strong support to position taken by the British:

“It’s perfectly obvious that what Iran is doing amounts to kidnapping – that cannot be accepted,” said Bildt, reports Svenska Dagbladet.

The EU ministers delivered a tough statement after the meeting, threatening to act against Iran if it did not release the British military personnel.

“We are prepared to take further measures if this is not resolved,” said Carl Bildt, although, as in the joint statement from the ministers, he did not indicate what those measures might be.

A sanctions process is already ongoing against Iran over its continued uranium enrichment.

Tehran claims that the British were in Iranian waters when they were captured over a week ago, a charge that Britain strongly denies.

In contrast to a weaker statement from the UN security council on Thursday, the EU’s foreign ministers expressed “unconditional support” for Britain’s position.