UK rebukes Iranian VP for Briton insult

Rahimi had called Brits "idiots ruled by mafia;" belittled Cameron.

August 12, 2010 13:26
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David Cameron 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

LONDON — Britain's Foreign Office said Thursday that its ambassador to Iran had rebuked the country's vice president for calling British people idiots.

In a speech Monday, Mohammad Reza Rahimi said that Britons were "a bunch of idiots ruled by mafia," and criticized UK Prime Minister David Cameron's inexperience.

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Though British officials usually let such remarks pass, Ambassador Simon Gass wrote a blog post on a government website in Farsi sharply criticizing Rahimi.

He said the Iranian official had shown a lack of respect with his "illogical and worthless remark."

The Foreign Office said it decided Rahimi's comments merited a response.

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