November 30, 2011

UK withdraws diplomatic staff from Iran after attack

Protesters set fire to the British and Israeli national flags in the Iranian capital on 29 November 2011 in Tehran, Iran.Britain said the attack on its embassy would have "serious consequences"

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Britain is withdrawing its diplomats from Iran following the attack on its embassy in the capital, Tehran, on Tuesday, diplomatic sources say.
A first group of embassy staff are reported to be flying out to Dubai.
The Foreign Office has said that "some staff" are leaving "for their own safety", but has not confirmed if all its diplomats are being pulled out.
The attack followed Britain's decision to impose further sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.
It led to Iran reducing diplomatic relations with the UK.
Protesters ransacked the embassy and a UK residential compound in the capital, burning British flags and a car.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned of "serious consequences", while the US, EU and UN Security Council also condemned the attack.
Iran has said it regretted the incident.

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