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LONDON - Britain urged Iran to take urgent action to bring the situation under control after reports that protesters stormed two British embassy compounds in Tehran on Tuesday.
"Senior officials have spoken to the Iranian charge (senior diplomat) in London to urge the Iranian authorities to act with utmost urgency to ensure the situation is brought under control and to protect our diplomatic compound, as they are obliged to do under international law," Britain's Foreign Office said in a statement.
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The Foreign Office also updated its travel advice on Iran, advising Britons in the country to stay indoors and keep a low profile.
Earlier Tuesday, the Foreign Office said it was outraged at an incursion into its embassy compound in Tehran during which dozens of young Iranian men were reported to have entered buildings, thrown petrol bombs and burned documents.
has been a incursion by a significant number of demonstrators into our
Embassy premises, including vandalism to our property," the Foreign
Office said in a statement.
"This is a fluid situation and details are still emerging," it added.
"We are outraged by this. It is utterly unacceptable and we condemn it.
The statement said that under international law Iran has a clear duty to protect diplomats and Embassies in their country.
"We expect them to act urgently to bring the situation under control and
ensure the safety of our staff and security of our property," it added.
Earlier, Foreign Secretary William Hague said he expected some other
countries to follow Britain's lead in imposing financial sanctions on
Iran and pledged "robust" action if Tehran reduces its diplomatic
relations with London.