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War Looms As Iran Protestors Storm UK Embassy

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hospital http://cfmasv.com/wp-includes/class-wp-editor.php "sans-serif"; font-size: small; mso-bidi-font-family: ‘Times New Roman’;”>Militant protesters a few minutes ago raided the embassy compound during an anti-British demonstration, approved http://couragelion.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-theme-install-list-table.php demolished the structure, burnt down the British flag and replaced it with the Iranian emblem.

Windows were smashed and equipment looted by war-hungry protestors. Armed with metallic equipment, the protestors accused Britain of planning a war against Tehran.

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You will recall that a few days ago Iran legislators voted overwhelmingly to reduce ties with UK after declaring sanctions on Tehran.

Tehran has of recent been boiling with rage as western countries upped pressure on Iran to cease nuclear programs.

Israel, which recently threatened a war on Iran was imminent, has been engaged in nuclear-attack preparedness campaigns.

For a month, several Iranian commanders have sounded war drums, threatening any attack on its soil would attract hard slaps in the face of aggressors.

Iran leader Ahmadinejad has made it clear any invasion of Iran will turn the Middle East into smouldering rubble!

Faced with western enemies, who have since blacklisted Iran companies and slapped sanctions on Tehran, Ahmedinejad opted to funnel arms to Hezbollah.

It’s feared an attack on Iran will spark a deadly war and escalation of oil prices.

The development highlights the end of diplomacy in resolving the Iran nuclear crisis and the beginning of warfare.

UK SPEAKS OUT

BCC reports the UK’s Foreign Office said it was “outraged” by the actions.

It urged Iran to honour international commitments to protect diplomatic missions and their staff.

After a series of ups and downs in relations following the 1979 Iranian revolution, London and Tehran restored full diplomatic ties in 1988.

Iran broke off relations the following year after Ayatollah Khomeyni’s fatwa on the author Salman Rushdie. Partial diplomatic relations were restored in 1990 and these were upgraded in 1999 to ambassadorial level.

In 2001, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw visited Iran.

In March 2007, Iranian forces seized eight Royal Navy sailors and seven marines from their patrol boat on the border between Iran and Iraq, saying that the sailors had entered Iranian waters. They were freed the next month.

In June 2009, Britain froze Iranian assets worth almost £1bn under sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear programme, and later Iran and Britain each expelled two diplomats. The same month, Iran accused Britain of involvement in the post-presidential election unrest in Iran.

In November 2011, Britain imposed new financial sanctions on Iran, a move which appears to have led to the current situation.

The students clashed with anti-riot police and chanted “the embassy of Britain should be taken over” and “death to England”, AP reports.

Students were reported to be ransacking offices inside the building, and one protester was said to be waving a framed picture of Queen Elizabeth II.

Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency said documents from the embassy had been seized and set alight. Embassy staff fled by the back door, the agency added.

Outside the embassy’s walls, several hundred other demonstrators were gathered.

Live TV footage showed Iranian riot police gradually clearing the protesters away from outside the embassy.

An unconfirmed report from the official Irna news agency said a separate group of protesters broke into another British embassy compound in the north of the city and seized “classified documents”.

The UK Foreign Office condemned the attack and urged Iran to restore order.

“We are outraged by this. It is utterly unacceptable,” the statement said.

“The Iranian government have a clear duty to protect diplomats and embassies in their country and we expect them to act urgently to bring the situation under control and ensure the safety of our staff and security of our property”.

Last week the US, UK and Canada announced new measures targeting Iran over its controversial nuclear plans.

For its part, the UK Treasury imposed sanctions on Iranian banks, accusing them of facilitating the country’s nuclear programme

That decision followed a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that suggested Iran was working towards acquiring a nuclear weapon.

It said Iran had carried out tests “relevant to the development of a nuclear device”.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.

On Sunday, Iran’s parliament voted by a large majority to downgrade diplomatic relations with the UK in response to the British action.

Iranian radio reported that some MPs had chanted “Death to Britain” during the vote, which was approved by 87% of MPs.

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