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UK to expel all Iranian diplomats over embassy attack

The UK is to expel all Iranian diplomats following the storming of its embassy in Tehran, Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced.

He said he had ordered the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London.

Tuesday's attack by hundreds of protesters followed Britain's decision to impose further sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.

The sanctions led to Iran's parliament reducing diplomatic ties with the UK.

Mr Hague said he was demanding the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London, with all its staff to leave the UK within 48 hours.

"If any country makes it impossible for us to operate on their soil they cannot expect to have a functioning embassy here," Mr Hague told MPs.

He said there had been "some degree of regime consent" in the attacks on the embassy and on another UK diplomatic compound in Tehran.

He said all UK diplomatic staff in Tehran had been evacuated and the embassy closed.

Mr Hague said relations between the UK and Iran were now at their lowest level, but the UK was not severing relations with Tehran entirely.


Continue reading the main storyAt the scenePeter BilesBBC News, outside the Iranian embassy, LondonWilliam Hague's statement in the House of Commons contained some of the strongest possible diplomatic language.

The announcement was sudden and dramatic.

There has been no response yet from officials at the Iranian embassy in London. The building is best remembered for the armed siege that took place here in 1980. Today it looked like business as usual, with the occasional visitor going in and out.

A solitary policeman was on duty outside the front entrance as camera crews and photographers began arriving in the wake of Mr Hague's statement.

Iran does not currently have an ambassador at its mission in London. It was the Iranian charge d'affaires who was summoned to the Foreign Office to receive the news that all Tehran's diplomats had to leave the UK by Friday.

Addressing parliament, Mr Hague said he was due to raise the matter at a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels.

"We will discuss these events and further action which needs to be taken in the light of Iran's continued pursuit of a nuclear weapons programme," he said.

Also on Wednesday, Germany announced it was temporarily recalling its ambassador to Tehran over the "unacceptable" storming of the British embassy.

Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi said the Iranian ambassador to Rome was being summoned to give guarantees of security for Italy's mission in Tehran.

Hundreds of protesters - whom Iran described as "students" - massed outside the embassy compound on Tuesday afternoon before scaling the walls and the gates, burning British flags and a car.

Another UK diplomatic compound in northern Tehran, known locally as Qolhak Garden, was also overrun and damaged.

Iran said it regretted the incident, which it described as "unacceptable behaviour by a small number of protesters".

Mr Hague said the majority of those taking part had been members of a regime-backed Basij militia group.

He said the private quarters of staff and the ambassador had been ransacked, the main embassy office set on fire and personal possessions belonging to UK diplomats stolen.

The US, EU and UN Security Council also condemned the attacks.

Turbulent historyRelations between the UK and the Islamic Republic of Iran have been fraught since the Iranian revolution in 1979.

Wednesday's move brings bilateral relations to their lowest level since 1989 when ties were broken over Iran's declaration of a "fatwa" (edict) to kill the author Salman Rushdie.


Iran apologised for the attacks on the UK compounds in TehranAnalysts have compared Tuesday's scenes in Tehran to the 1979 storming of the US embassy there. That ended with more than 50 US diplomats and staff being held hostage for more than 400 days.

The US and Iran have had no diplomatic ties since then - the Swiss embassy in Tehran serves as the protecting power for US interests in the country.

Last week the US, Canada and the UK announced new sanctions against Iran, including measures to restrict the activities of the Iranian central bank.

The UK said then it was severing all financial ties with Iran.

The move followed a report by the UN's nuclear watchdog (IAEA) that said Iran had carried out tests "relevant to the development of a nuclear device".

Iran denies the accusations, saying its nuclear programme is solely for peaceful purposes.

On Sunday, Iran's parliament voted by a large majority to downgrade diplomatic relations with the UK in response to the recent action.


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  • Good,
    The UK is also shutting down UK Iran embassies.

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  • LOL... so long as the kebab shops don't close down... otherwise we'll have another riot.

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  • buu bye :) -waves-

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  • if the other western countries pull their diplomats, then you know a strike will closely follow

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  • Send 1000 Iranian asylum spunkers with each diplomat ... to help carry the bags

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  • Back to bumfuck land with you!! While you're at it expelling them why don't you kick the rest of the immigrant trash out too.

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  • The problem with Iran is that you have over half the population wanting change, a third standing on the fence, and under 20% with all the power - fiscally and militarily. Iran can be SEVERELY damaged - require YEARS of hardship and recovery - by a one week bombing campaign, due to their reliance on oil as the major export, and a disproportionate population to natural resource ratio. Problem is, bomb Iran and the fence-sitters fall in behind the government. the result of that is the moderates ge More..

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  • Politicians hide themselves away
    They only started the war
    Why should they go out to fight
    They leave that role to the poor.

    Can't blame the Brits for this. Heard somewhere that the second explosion in Iran at a Nuclear facility was the first deployment of a space weapon.

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  • Shitstorm Coming ! ! !

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  • About time !

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  • Awesome. Hahahaha england

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    • @heinz42 germany will be next then denmark norway france belgium holland poland then finland and spain and italy watch watch just watch

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    • @heinz42 - I am not sure how to read your comment. If you are criticizing the UK for ending relations with Iran, you're being short sighted. Iran is quickly shedding any semblance of being a democracy towards being a religious totalitarian state. And they have enough money to make the rest of the world miserable by supporting terrorism - regardless of the cause. AND they have the support of China and Russia. Do you think the Germans can't be next?

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    • @heinz42 - when do YOU end an abusive relationship? When are you not an equal party, but just an enabler? European nations that still have relations with Iran, despite the stonings, the public hangings, the violent purging of dissent, are - by default - supporting these crimes and the madmen who perpetrate them.

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