Iran’s assembly voted to expel the British ambassador, in a session where legislators chanted “Death to England,” and threatened a reprise of the U.S. embassy takeover during the Iranian revolution. A mob purportedly made up of “students,” but which reportedly included members of the Basij brigades, obliged two days later and trashed as much of the British embassy as they could in a disastrous violation of international conventions on the integrity of embassy premises.
But who is the victim here? Why, Iran, of course. “Iran: UK will suffer consequences of envoy’s expulsion,” by Dudi Cohen for YNet News, November 30:
Europe is turning on the pressure on Iran , as the Islamic Republic strikes back: Iranian parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Aladdin Burucerdi warned Wednesday that the UK will suffer “the consequences” of its decision to expel Iranian diplomats stationed in London following the storming of its embassy in Tehran on Tuesday.
Following the announcement by UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague on Wednesday, Burucerdi called other European countries to avoid taking similar measures, after Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy had already taken diplomatic steps against Iran.
“We recommend that other European countries avoid following in Britain’s and the Unites States’ footsteps,” Burucerdi said. “The parliament approved downgrading the diplomatic relations with Britain but Iran’s public is pleased that the British diplomats are no longer in Tehran.”
Earlier, Iran said Britain’s decision to close the Iranian embassy in London was “hasty” and that it would lead to further retaliation: “The foreign ministry spokesman … described the move as … hasty and added that naturally the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran would take further appropriate action regarding the issue,” Tehran’s state TV reported. […]
Hague had claimed that the Iranian regime was involved in the attack or at least turned a blind eye during the violent rioting, which lead to the UK imposing sanctions on the Islamic country.
This chain of events led France, The Netherlands, Italy and Germany to also recall their diplomats stationed in Iran for consultations. France even called to blockade Iran’s oil as the Italian foreign minister noted Europe and the US are seriously considering that possibility. Rome said it was mulling closing its embassy in Tehran, as Norway did earlier…..