Iran appears dug in for lengthy standoff

By NASSER KARIMI and BENJAMIN HARVEY, Associated Press Writers 2 hours, 24 minutes ago
TEHRAN, Iran – The standoff over 15 captured British sailors shows no signs of abating, and analysts say that Iran’s tough stance is a demonstration of the power of hardliners unafraid to confront the West.
Events on Sunday only further polarized the situation: Two of the sailors appeared on state TV, saying they trespassed into Iranian waters, and about 200 angry Iranian youths threw rocks and firecrackers at the British Embassy and unsuccessfully tried to rush its grounds.
Iranian students from several universities shouted “Death to Britain!” and “Death to America!” and demanded the government shut down the “den of spies” — echoes of slogans from a crisis of a generation ago, when American captives were held hostage by Tehran for 444 days.
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