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Iranian embassy staff leave London

Iranian embassy staff leave London
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Iranian embassy staff have packed their bags and left the UK.

The move came in the wake of an attack on the British Embassy in Tehran on Monday.

Following this, Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague expelled the diplomats and cut diplomatic relations with Iran to a bare minimum.

There is a large Iranian community in the UK and the closure of the consulate and its counterpart in Iran will cause huge disruption for them.

Iranian authorities claimed the attack on the British embassy was a student protest which was out of their hands but Britain’s Ambassador to Iran, Dominick Chilcott, disputes this.

“Well Iran is not the sort of country where spontaneously a demonstration congregates and then attacks a foreign embassy,” he said. “That sort of activity is only done with the acquiescence and support of the state.”

On the day of the expulsion there were further protests against Britain in Iran, and as the UK implements further sanctions due to concerns over the Iranian nuclear programme, relations between the two countries continue to sour.

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