Iran says decision to close London embassy "hasty"
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday that he demanded Iranian diplomats to leave London within 48 hours. He told the UK parliament that he also required Iranian diplomats to close the Iranian Embassy in London. The UK withdrew its diplomatic mission from Iran after Iranian students raided the British embassy on Tuesday.
Following Hague's statement, France, Germany and the Netherlands also announced that they are recalling their ambassador to Iran for consultation.
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Wednesday that Tehran considers any attack against diplomatic missions and buildings and the violation of international law are unacceptable. He added that the incident in Tehran was the result of the anger of demonstrators at British policies and was unexpected.
The Iranian official said that the vigilance of authorities had prevented any of the diplomats from being injured and Iran's Judiciary will punish perpetrators accordingly.
He described Britain's demand that Iranian diplomats leave London as hasty and Tehran will take necessary measures in return. He described Britain's demand that Iranian diplomats leave London as hasty and Tehran will take necessary measures in return.