Iran to complain to UN over US arrest of Iranians

Iran said Friday it would file a formal complaint with the UN Security Council over the US forces' detention of five Iranians in northern Iraq. The US military stormed an Iranian government office in the Kurdish-controlled city of Irbil on Jan. 11 and arrested five Iranians whom it now accuses of links to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard faction that is allegedly supporting insurgents. "We will file a complaint with the United Nations and the Security Council against the United States for abducting Iranian diplomats in Iraq," state-run television quoted Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki as saying Friday. While Mottaki used the word "diplomats" for the Iranians, the US forces have denied they were diplomats and Iraq has said the Iranian office in Irbil was not a consulate.