that what the UN does best, nothing. they do less harm that way.
It's not for the UN, at this time (12 days), to do anything but express 'grave concern' or disapproval over this Iran matter. Its for UK/Iran to try and resolve this matter through diplomatic means and then if nothing has been resolved after a fair while, then more global action can looked at (e.g. sanctions).
I have been watching these 'confessions' with interest on the news. I can understand how the Foreign Office have deemed them to be 'unacceptable' (for their potential to cause distress to the hostages' families)...however, all in all, I think they have been quite insightful. I know there is a huge likelihood that they have been coerced into making the confessions...but its good to see them looking healthy, clean and with no injuries.
I'm curious to know whether in military 'conduct during capure' training they are taught to give codes/signals if they are filmed? If so, I wonder what codes/signs have those being held have been able to give? An expert on body language was on the news yesterday explaining what their body language in the tv footage seemed to portray - he said it was stress, coercion, comfort being in a group and will to survive and do whatever is necessary to survive.
The Iran senior officials are now back from their religious holiday...so we'll see what the response is. I think the President is giving a press conference today. From today's news...it seems that Iran is looking to resolve the matter diplomatically.
Finally, I have to commend the UK government's response even though I know that the issue has some way to go before being resolved (!). They have been critiscised by some for being 'too soft' but dealing with a bullying, manipulative country like Iran through diplomatic means and with comments which have not provoked an agressive response is far better, at this stage, than responding with threats or with a rather 'gun-ho'/actionary attitude.