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Iran angry at U.S. arrest of journalists

United Press International

Iran is increasingly angry with the continued detention by the United States of two Iranian journalists arrested while filming an Iraqi checkpoint.

The BBC said the Iranian government has sent an official protest to Washington through the Swiss embassy in Tehran, which handles U.S. interests. Diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran were severed after the Islamic revolution in 1979.

Iranian officials told the BBC that in retaliation, they've stopped issuing visas to American and British journalists wishing to visit Iran. British forces are part of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq.

The two detained Iranians, director Saeed Abu Taleb and cameraman Soheil Karimi, were filming for Iranian state television when they were arrested July 1 in south-central Iraq.

Coalition officials say the men are being held on suspicion of spying.

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