Norway closes Tehran embassy, staff remain in city for now

November 30, 2011 11:23


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Norway closed its embassy in Tehran Wednesday, a statement on the mission's website said. The move comes after Britain closed its embassy in the city and recalled "some of its staff" in response to an attack by Iranian protesters Tuesday.

Angry over a new round of British sanctions against Iran, the protesters broke into two British embassy compounds, destroying property, throwing stones, and burning the British flag.

Norway's diplomatic staff are still in Tehran and no decision has been taken to evacuate them, Norwegian Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hilde Steinfeld told AFP.

"The embassy was closed yesterday (Tuesday) after the attack on the British embassy," she said.

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