Iran and Britain are engaged in a grim, bitter game of diplomatic who-blinks-first.
By Alex Stevenson
The powers-that-be in Iran are steadily cranking up tensions as they seek to establish an external enemy.
First came public comments by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khomeini, that the British government was deliberately acting to foment unrest in the wake of last month's disputed election. Then we had the tit-for-tat expulsions of embassy staff, a standard practice with a common currency in international relations. It's the diplomatic equivalent of stamping your feet - Britain used it against Russia following Moscow's refusal to extradite Alexander Litvinenko.
There was a big raising of the stakes with the news that nine British embassy staff had been arrested. Officials in government did not know where they were being held. All but two were subsequently detained, but last Friday we learned from the Guardian Council these may face trial for their claims.
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