Iran's Russian sub off to Gulf

London (Reuter/AP) - The first of up to three Russian submarines sold to Iran, despite US protests, set sail for the Gulf this week, BBC television said yesterday. It showed what it said were secretly filmed pictures of one of the submarines at a Russian naval base in Latvia.

The Iranian navy has bought diesel-powered Kilo submarines, which senior Pentagon officials fear could threaten the stability of vital oil export routes through the Gulf. The US Secretary of State, Lawrence Eagleburger, said of the reported sale: 'It is a matter of concern. It has been raised. It will be raised again.'