(Updated) Iran protesters attack British Embassy
Violence erupts after Britain imposes sanction over nuclear program
- In a scene reminiscent of the attack of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran more than 30 years ago, a group of young protesters stormed the British Embassy on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in protest of the sanctions the British government imposed against Iran.
According to a Reuters report, six British embassy staff were briefly detained by the protesters, who also pulled down and burned the British flag and threw stones and petrol bombs into the building.
- Here's a New York Times frontpage story of the hostage crisis at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran between 1979-1980 (Courtesy of Arik Hesseldahl at @ahess247 on Twitter).
- The January 7, 1980 Time Magazine cover story of the man who inspired the U.S. embassy siege.
- Only last Nov. 27, the Iranian parliament voted to expel the British ambassador Dominick Chilcott after the U.K. imposed financial sanctions over the report on Iran's advancing nuclear program.
- The British government roundly criticized Iran for their handling of the situation, while threatening to sever ties with the Islamic state.
- It was in 2009 when news of Iran's nuclear program was revealed with the help of British intelligence. Iran had insisted that its program is only for energy-generation purposes. Since then, the relationship between the two states had soured. The latest diplomatic flare-up was triggered by the report of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which states that Iran has the capability to build a nuclear weapon.
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