Iran State News Agency announced Wednesday that the country released the five British sailors captured when their yacht was stopped and seized by Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf.
Teheran had warned on Tuesday that it would take strong action against the five detained British sailors if was proven they had "bad intentions" when their racing yacht entered Iran's Persian Gulf waters.
London rushed to keep the incident from getting tangled up in the two nations' disputes - wary of how political tensions have snarled attempts to free three Americans arrested by Iran this summer after they strayed across the border from Iraq, reportedly by accident during a hike.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said "there is certainly no question of any malicious intent on the part of these five young people."
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