Wednesday 13 December 2017

Iranian embassy in London ordered to close

The UK has ordered the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London in response to attacks on the British mission in Tehran, William Hague told the Commons.

The Foreign Secretary said the British embassy in the Iranian capital had been closed and staff withdrawn following yesterday's mob assaults on two compounds in the city.

In a statement to the Commons, he said it was "fanciful" to think that the attacks could have taken place "without some degree of regime consent".

Announcing the downgrading of diplomatic links between the two nations to their lowest level without cutting ties completely, Mr Hague said the Iranian charge d'affaires had been told all staff must leave the UK in the next 48 hours.

"If any country makes it impossible for us to operate on their soil they cannot expect to have a functioning embassy here," he said.

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