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All Iranian diplomatic staff ordered to leave UK

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You have 48 hours to pack up and leave Britain.

That is what the UK has told the Iranian government today after the British embassy and a separate residential compound in Tehran were stormed and ransacked by protesters.

London has strongly criticised the Iranian authorities.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “Iran is a country where opposition leaders are under house arrest, where more than 500 people have been executed so far this year, and where genuine protest is ruthlessly stamped on.

“The idea that the Iranian authorities could not have protected our embassy, or that this assault could have taken place without some degree of regime consent, is fanciful. Now, we require the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London and that all Iranian diplomatic staff must leave the UK within the next 48 hours.”

The UK has also evacuated its diplomatic staff from Tehran.

The Iranian parliamentary speaker argued that the police did all they could to keep the peace and the UN Security Council was too hasty in condemning the attacks.

Iran’s foreign ministry says it regrets what happened, but maintains it is committed to ensuring the safety of diplomats.

The embassy and residential complex suffered serious damage in a protest against new sanctions imposed by London over Iran’s nuclear programme.

Documents and possessions were seized or destroyed, windows were smashed, and the British flag was burnt.