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Britain on brink of severing diplomatic ties with Iran

Publié par Clifford Armion le 12/01/2011

David Blair

The decision announced by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, reflected the chill cast over Anglo-Iranian relations, now at their worst for more than 20 years.

It came in retaliation for the attack on the British Embassy in Tehran on Tuesday, when a 200-strong mob overran the mission's two compounds, setting the main building ablaze, looting the belongings of diplomats and tearing down the Union Flag.

Mr Hague blamed the radical Basij militia, whose volunteers have been turned on the regime's opponents, adding: "The idea that the Iranian authorities could not have protected our Embassy or that this assault could have taken place without some degree of regime consent is fanciful."

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"Britain on brink of severing diplomatic ties with Iran", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2011. Consulté le 17/10/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/britain-on-brink-of-severing-diplomatic-ties-with-iran