Western leaders demand Iran protect UK diplomats
LAST UPDATED: 11/29/2011 19:42
Iran Foreign Ministry says it regrets "protests [at British embassy] led to some unacceptable behaviors."
protesters remove UK emblem from embassy in Tehran Photo: Reuters
diplomats from the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United
States condemned an attack by angry demonstrators on British embassy
property in Tehran on Tuesday, calling on Iran to protect Britain's
The UK urged Iran to take urgent action to bring the
situation under control after reports that protesters stormed two
British embassy compounds in Tehran.
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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.
Office also updated its travel advice on Iran, advising Britons in the
country to stay indoors and keep a low profile.
Earlier, the UK
Foreign Office said in a statement that it was "outraged" by the
incursion into British property, and said that the UK "condemned it."
spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the
attack by protesters on two British diplomatic compounds was a "totally
"It is with extreme concern that we have
learned that the premises of the Embassy of the United Kingdom in
Tehran have been overrun by demonstrators," Maja Kocijancic said.
strongly condemn this totally unacceptable incursion and call on the
government of the Islamic Republic of Iran immediately to fulfil its
international obligations... to protect diplomats and embassies."
US President Barack Obama strongly urged the Iranian government to take to task those responsible for storming the British embassy in Tehran.
"All of us are deeply disturbed by the crashing of the ... embassy," he said during a meeting at the White House with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
"I strongly urge the Iranian government to hold those responsible to task," Obama said, calling on Iran's government to respond quickly.
"We expect to see some sort of definitive action some time very quickly," he said during the Oval Office meeting.
The US pledged support to its British ally after the attack, also condemning the attack in the "strongest terms."
"Iran has a responsibility to protect the diplomatic
missions present in its country and the personnel stationed at
them," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a
"We urge Iran to fully respect its international
obligations, to condemn the incident, to prosecute the
offenders, and to ensure that no further such incidents take
place either at the British Embassy or any other mission in
Iran. Our State Department is in close contact with the British
government and we stand ready to support our allies at this
difficult time," Carney said.
In the only official response from the Islamic Republic over
Tuesday's incident at the British mission, Iran's Foreign Ministry said
it regretted the storming of two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran,
according to the students' news agency ISNA.
ministry regrets the protests that led to some unacceptable behaviors
... We respect and we are committed to international regulations on the
immunity and safety of diplomats and diplomatic places," the statement
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