Iran - Britain vows 'consequences'

2011-11-29 23:04

London - Foreign Minister William Hague said Britain took the storming of its embassy in Tehran on Tuesday "extremely seriously" and warned there would be "further and serious consequences" for Iran.

Hague said the assault on the embassy and another diplomatic compound in Tehran by young men chanting "Death to Britain" was a "grave breach" of the Vienna Convention which requires host countries to protect diplomats.

"The United Kingdom takes this irresponsible action extremely seriously," he said.

"We hold the Iranian government responsible for its failure to take adequate measures to protect our embassy, as it is required to do.

"I spoke to the Iranian foreign minister this afternoon, to protest in the strongest terms about these events and to demand immediate steps to ensure the safety of our staff and of both embassy compounds."


Hague said in a statement that although the Iranian foreign minister had apologised, "this remains a very serious failure by the Iranian government".

"Clearly there will be other, further, and serious consequences," Hague said, adding that he would make a statement to the British parliament on Wednesday.

British Prime Minister David Cameron chaired a meeting of the government's crisis committee in response to the storming, which has raised tensions with the West over Iran's contested nuclear programme.

France, the European Union and Russia - Iran's closest ally - have condemned the attack on the British facilities.

Six British diplomats held for more than two hours by hundreds of protesters inside a British diplomatic compound in the north of Tehran were freed when police intervened.

Hague said: "On our latest information it now appears that all our staff and their dependants are accounted for."


But he added British officials were still "urgently establishing" if all the locally hired security staff were safe.

Hague also repeated advice given earlier in the day that the "small number" of British nationals in Iran should stay indoors and await further instructions.

Dozens of protesters were shown on Iranian state television throwing stones at embassy windows, breaking them, and one was seen climbing the wall of the compound carrying a looted portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

The attack comes amid heightened tensions following Iran's decision to pass a law to expel the British ambassador to Tehran in retaliation for new British sanctions that cut off all ties with Iran's financial sector.

The sanctions were part of a coordinated raft of measures announced on November 14 by Britain, the United States and Canada to increase pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear programme.

Iran insists it is not developing a nuclear weapon and that the programme is purely for energy purposes.

  • Ian - 2011-11-29 23:23

    full diploimatic sanctions hopefully, freeze every cent and impose a travel ban on the madman

      Dirk - 2011-11-30 06:09

      There should be consequences. No question, this terrorist regime is behind this. The main terrorist, Ahmadinejad himself, was involved in taking hostages when in 1979,with the overthrow of the Shah, American hostages were taken.

      Ian - 2011-11-30 06:58

      @Dirk, the lunatic is dangerous war monger bent on starting a global nuclear war, Israel and the US is more than ready to take him and his 1 little nuke out, but the bleating sheep called the UN have too much to say, I kind of wish the UN would relocate to some isolated island then the UN would make a yummy target, a so called case of getting all the rotten eggs into 1 basket and blowing up the basket

      Squeegee - 2011-11-30 07:04

      The French actually said something? Wow.

      Dirk - 2011-11-30 07:52

      Ian- 100 %, but there are a surprisingly high number of bleating (and deceived) sheep, even on this very blog. On this occasion, the evidence is so overwhelming against the Iranian regime, that they may feel to ashamed to make an appearance hear in defense of the their favourite murderous regime.

      Modefan - 2011-11-30 07:55

      just Invade them already and bring out a new Call Of Duty...

      Merven - 2011-11-30 08:04

      @Squeegee, I think the French say a lot, but nobody understands what they are saying! ;-)

      wgjooste - 2011-11-30 09:09

      America supplies iran with uranium , america stops supplying iran , iran makes their own , japan , israel and brazil has a nuclear program far worse than iran but because iran wants to completely shift to trading in petro euro the western media is all over iran's so called atomic weapon , israel has more than 200 illegal atomic bombs thats not accounted for , just because u read it in the news doesnt mean its true my friend , in 1938 time magazine awarded adolf hitler with man of the year... If its so easy to mask a bad man , i can bet you its alot easier to put dirt on a normal / good man - watch this and tell me what you think

      Trevor - 2011-11-30 10:51

      @ wally africa the countries that you mention have never threatened to wipe another off the map , the are deterrants! Ahmadinejad has threatened to wipe all infidels off the planet ! America and israel may have nuclear weapons , you dont thinks south africa still has ! of course they do ! But they have never been used or or even threatened to use them !

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-11-30 12:32

      @Wally Some great men make history, and history makes some men great’, in an age dominated by the media-- internet, television, radio, and newspapers, the portrayal of Ahmadinejad is an artificial construct of the mainstream media. Ahmadinejad expressed the desire for Zionism to be wiped off the page of history, like fascism, communism etc. Which is hardly the same thing as wiping off Israel off the face of the earth. "Our dear Imam said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map and this was a very wise statement." But to commute a demand for removal of a 'regime' into a demand for removal of a state is serious deception and dangerous demagogy.

  • Nigel - 2011-11-30 08:52

    AhMADdinejad = Middle Easts Hitler

  • Motor - 2011-11-30 09:04

    Britain should send all Arabs home that are living in the UK - That would be a laugh

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-11-30 12:25

      And all English living outside blighty should be repatriated?

  • Luke - 2011-11-30 09:28

    The media machine that is driven by polital interests. Every plot needs a villain, and so the propaganda authorities creates.

  • Kobus - 2011-11-30 09:35

    Britain, get all your people out of this terrorist state, close your embassy, expel their diplomats, freeze their assets, impose strict sanctions and then definitely blow all their nuclear plants to smithereens.

      Fidel - 2011-11-30 16:13

      What terror does the world actually see? The world sees the terror that Israel, protected by Washington, inflicts on the Palestinians. The world sees the terror that the US inflicts on Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Latin America and now Africa, with Syria, Lebanon, and Iran waiting in the wings.

  • Luyolo - 2011-11-30 09:47

    Dont believe these things.Hear is another article from news24.

  • kaMazibuko - 2011-11-30 16:28

    this sucks balls, the british probably attacked their embassy to justify their planned attacks on Iran...They did to Gadhaffi in Lybia so what would stop them here ? All NATO members, Israel and the USA are the real terrorists and they keep getting away with murder and destroying infrastructure in these countries

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