Letter: In defence of RAF mission to Iran

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The Independent Online
Sir: You allege ('RAF broke embargo on Iran, court told', 16 March) that an RAF VC-10 flew military equipment to Iran during the embargo on arms sales to that country.

The allegation is totally unfounded. The last RAF VC-10 flights to Iran were in February 1979, well before the arms embargo. The purpose of those flights was to evacuate British citizens.

Yours faithfully,

ALEX ARMSTRONG

Deputy Press Secretary

Ministry of Defence

London, SW1

25 March

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