The diplomatic row between Britain and Iran is hotting up. Tehran has called the closing of its embassy and expulsion of its staff from London as hasty and has threatened further retaliation.
Staff there were told to leave after the UK’s government accused the Iranian authorities of being complicit in Tuesday’s storming of its embassy in Tehran.
In Iran, parliament has been dismissive of Britain’s so-called colonial style attitude. Ali Larijani, the Iranian parliament speaker said:
“The Iranian people are really annoyed at the conduct of the British government in the past few decades. If the government of the UK is doubtful about this, we can conduct a poll so that they can see what the Iranian people think.”
The raid on Britain’s embassy has been condemned internationally. Europe has shown a united front with France, Germany and the Netherlands recalling their ambassadors for consultations.
The attack is the most violent so far as relations between the two countries steadily deteriorate due to Iran’s wider dispute with the West over its nuclear programme.