November 30th, 2011
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UK UN condemns attack on embassy in Tehran

attack-on-embassyTehran: Iranian protesters stormed the British diplomatic compounds in Tehran, smashed windows, hurled petrol bombs, burnt the British flag and took six British embassy staff hostage yesterday . The student protestors called for the “death to the U.K.”

UK Prime Minster David Cameron, called the attack as “outrageous and indefensible” and stated that all embassy personnel have been accounted for after the attack. “The Iranian Government must recognize that there will be serious consequences for failing to protect our staff,” Cameron said.

The United States and the UN Security Council have joined Britain in condemning Tuesday’s mob attack on the British embassy . President Obama, in a photo session with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, said he was disturbed by the “trashing” the British facility.

“They need to uphold their obligations under the Vienna conventions. And they need to protect the security and safety of diplomats in Tehran. It’s hard to say frankly. But we do believe that taken in their totality, the economic sanctions against Iran are beginning to have an effect. It’s been acknowledged as much by President [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad,” State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said.

The UN Security Council approved a non-binding statement that condemned the embassy attack and called on Iran to fully comply with international obligations. Russia and China, which have resisted additional Security Council sanctions on Tehran, joined in the unanimous vote on the document.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said he spoke to Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi “to protest in the strongest terms” and to “demand immediate steps to ensure the safety” of the embassy staff. Hague said his Iranian counterpart said he was “sorry” for what happened.

The Guardian Council, Iran’s highest legislative body, on Nov. 28 endorsed parliament’s move to downgrade diplomatic ties with Britain, including the expulsion of its ambassador, after the UK expanded its sanctions last week.

The protest has taken place on the first anniversary of the killing in Tehran of Majid Shahriari, a nuclear scientist, for which Iran has blamed foreign intelligence services, including the U.K.’s. State media said the numbers involved at the embassy were in the hundreds.


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