Britain's Hague scotches talk of Iran hostage taking

By REUTERS
November 29, 2011 20:35

 
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LONDON - The whereabouts of staff after protesters stormed the British embassy in Tehran was confusing at times, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday, but he contradicted reports that six embassy staff had briefly been held hostage.

"There has been a confusing situation at times as to the whereabouts of certain staff. I wouldn't use the term hostage," Hague told reporters.

Separately, a British government source said no hostages were taken and said confusion had arisen because Iranian police had told some embassy staff to stay where they were during the protest.

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