(Updated) Iran protesters attack British Embassy

Violence erupts after Britain imposes sanction over nuclear program

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  1. 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. 
  2. Iranian Basij and Students Storm the British Embassy in Tehran, Iran
  3. 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. 

  4. 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).
  5. Shared by Arik Hesseldahl about the Tehran hostage crisis @ahess247
  6. Shared by Arik Hesseldahl about the Tehran hostage crisis @ahess247
  7. Shared by Arik Hesseldahl about the Tehran hostage crisis @ahess247
  8. Ayatollah Khomeini on U.S. Embassy Hostage Crisis
  9. The January 7, 1980 Time Magazine cover story of the man who inspired the U.S. embassy siege.
  10. 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. 
  11. The British government roundly criticized Iran for their handling of the situation, while threatening to sever ties with the Islamic state.
  12. 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.