Britain’s Foreign Minister David Miliband has called for the immediate release from custody of eight local employees of the British embassy in Tehran.
The eight are accused by the Iranian authorities of promoting unrest during the post-election demonstrations against the result. They were arrested this morning. “This is harassment and intimidation of a kind that is quite unacceptable. These are ordinary hard-working embassy staff. The idea that somehow the British embassy is behind the demonstrations in Tehran is wholly without foundation”, said Miliband at a NATO summit in Corfu. This morning Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced what he called “interfering statements” by western officials following Iran’s disputed presidential election, and said if Iran remained united “international ill-wishers and interfering and cruel politiicans would no longer have an impact.”