Iran wants $300,000 in British Museum antiquity row





Iran wants $300,000 in compensation from the British Museum over its failure to lend the Islamic Republic an ancient Persian treasure, state television reported.

The dispute over the so-called Cyrus Cylinder, named after the Persian ruler's 6th century BC conquest of Babylon, is a further sign of deteriorating relations between Tehran and London.

Britain is among Western powers pushing for a fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Iran over its refusal to halt sensitive work they suspect has military aims, something Iran denies.



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