No UK diplomats taken hostage in Iran

2011-11-29 22:25

New York - British diplomats in Tehran were not taken hostage or kidnapped and London is grateful for the intervention of Iranian police after protesters stormed Britain's diplomatic compounds, a British source said on Tuesday.

"It's been a confusing situation at times this afternoon. I wouldn't use the term 'hostage,'" a British source told Reuters.

"The Iranian police have intervened to try and ensure the safety of some of our staff for which we are grateful," he said.

"But this is a situation that should have never occurred in the first place."