Iran cleric warns EU, UN against backing Britain

Crowds chant "Death to Britain" at Tehran University; follows UK evacuation of diplomats from Tehran, closing of Iranian embassy in London.

By REUTERS
December 2, 2011 15:57
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Iranian demonstraters burn British flag

Iranian demonstrators burn British flag 311 R. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
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TEHRAN - Crowds chanted "Death to Britain" at Tehran University on Friday prayers as a hardline Iranian cleric warned the UN and European Union against siding with London after students and militia stormed the British embassy in Tehran.

Cleric Ahmad Khatami denounced those who tied themselves to "the rotten rope of Britain" including the EU - which may slap more sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program - as a group involved in the embassy's ransacking prepared to give Iranian diplomats expelled from Britain a hero's welcome home.

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Britain evacuated its diplomats from Tehran and closed down the Iranian embassy in London after scores of Basiji militia men and radical students sacked the embassy and a residential compound on Tuesday.


In response, the biggest EU countries withdrew their ambassadors and the United Nations Security Council said it "condemned in the strongest terms" the attack.




Khatami told worshippers that the Security Council was showing itself to be as bad Britain, which Iranian hardliners believe is plotting to bring down their Islamic system.




"Issuing a statement against Iran means falling into a well with the rotten rope of Britain," Khatami said to chants of "Death to Britain."


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