Was Iran's Seizure of Britons Response to U.N.?

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Iran's capture of 15 British sailors and marines is most likely a reaction to sanctions passed against Iran by the U.N. Security Council over the weekend, says Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Melissa Block talks with Sadjadpour, who says he believes Iran is feeling anxious about political and economic isolation — and seizing the Britons is an attempt to push back against the West.



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