The UK protests its new role as the Great Satan, into which it has been thrust in this age of Obamoid appeasement, but the Iranians make the protest the occasion for another insult.
The UK has told an Iranian diplomat that Ayatollah Khamenei's description of the British government as "evil" is unacceptable.
UK officials had summoned Iran's ambassador, Rasul Movaheddian, to the Foreign Office to lodge a protest.
But here comes another slap:
But they were told he was unavailable and Iran sent its charge d'affairs, a more junior official, in his place.
The row was sparked by Ayatollah Khamenei saying the UK was the "most evil" of Western governments....
The US became the main Iranian target after the fall of the Shah but Britain appears to have been singled out now largely because of the recently launched TV channel BBC Persian, which the British Foreign Office has helped to fund. When the British ambassador in Tehran was called in earlier in the week, the main Iranian complaint was about BBC coverage....