By DAVID STRINGER

March 28, 2007

We had hoped to see their immediate release; this has not happened. It is now time to ratchet up the diplomatic and international pressure in order to make sure the Iranian government understands its total isolation on this issue Iran said a female British sailor seized with 14 other crewmembers would be released Wednesday or Thursday, softening Tehran's position by suggesting their boats' alleged entry into Iranian waters may have been a mistake.

Britain, meanwhile, said it was freezing talks on all other issues with Iran until it freed all 15 crew members seized last week, and the British military released what it said was proof its boats were within Iraqi territorial waters when they were seized

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