Published: 06 April 2007
By Angus McDowall in Tehran and Anne Penketh

Much has been made of the factionalism in Iranian politics, but the past fortnight has demonstrated an unusual degree of unity. Whether the capture of the British boats was planned by the Revolutionary Guards alone, or approved from on high, will probably never be known.

But Iranian insiders say the Supreme National Security Council, where foreign policy is decided, took charge of the crisis early on and exploited it..................

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