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Iran parliament votes to reduce ties with Britain

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    TEHRAN (Reuters)

    Iran's parliament voted on Sunday to reduce diplomatic relations with Britain, with one lawmaker warning that Iranians angered by London's latest sanctions could storm the British embassy as they did to the U.S. mission in 1979.

    The bill, if it passes one further legislative hurdle, will oblige the government to downgrade ties within two weeks, forcing the ambassador out and leaving the British embassy to be run by a charge d'affaires.

    It comes less than a week after London banned all British financial institutions from doing business with their Iranian counterparts, including the Central Bank of Iran, as part of a new wave of sanctions western countries are imposing over Tehran's nuclear programme.

    By announcing its moves ahead of other European Union countries, Britain -- which Iranians often refer to as "the old fox" -- is first in the firing line for retaliation by Tehran, but lawmakers said they would push to cut ties with other EU countries if, as expected, they follow London's lead.

    "The legislative branch is observing the behaviour of the British government and this is just the beginning of the road," speaker Ali Larijani told parliament.

    Lawmakers who spoke out against the bill did so because they deemed it not strong enough.

    "This plan should be firmer and stronger against Britain," Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash told the house. "Having relations with Britain, even with one representative, is a total betrayal and we should padlock the British embassy."

    Another member went even further, invoking the storming of the U.S. embassy -- dubbed the "den of spies" -- by students in the 1979 Islamic revolution. The hostage crisis lasted for 444 days and set the tone for rock-bottom relations between Tehran and Washington ever since.

    "The British government should know that if they insist on their evil stances the Iranian people will punch them in the mouth, exactly as happened against America's den of spies, before it was approved by officials," Mehdi Kuchakzadeh said.

    Ahead of the vote, lawmakers chanted "Death to England."

    The British foreign ministry called the parliament vote "regrettable."


    "This unwarranted move will do nothing to help the regime address their growing isolation or international concerns about their nuclear programme and human rights record. If the Iranian government acts on this, we will respond robustly in consultation with our international partners," it said.

    Iranian state radio said there would be a demonstration outside the British embassy on Tuesday, the first anniversary of the death of Majid Shahriyari, a nuclear scientist killed along with his wife by a car bomb that Tehran said was the work of Israeli agents.

    London and Washington announced new sanctions after a U.N. nuclear agency report suggested Iran had worked on an atomic bomb design. Tehran maintains its work is entirely peaceful and said the report was based on false Western intelligence.

    That report and U.S. allegations of an Iranian-backed plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington have further soured relations between Iran and the West, with Israel and the United States saying military action is still an option.

    Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Israel could expect up to 150,000 missiles to rain down on it if it attacks Tehran and said the United States should not expect Iran to fall easily.

    "America should not think it staged war in Afghanistan and Iraq," Vahidi said in a speech carried by the Fars news agency. "Iran is strong enough to show America a war, to give it a lesson on war to understand what fighters are and what war is."

    In a final vote on the bill in the 290-strong assembly, 171 voted for, three against, and seven abstained, according to numbers displayed on screens in parliament.

    The bill now goes to the Guardian Council, a panel of 12 clerics and jurists who judge whether legislation is Islamic. The process usually take one to two weeks. If the council approves the bill, the foreign ministry will be obliged to put it into force and downgrade relations with London.

    In the meantime, European Union foreign ministers are due to meet on Thursday to approved new sanctions on Iran.

    Paris has proposed banning oil imports to the bloc, which accounted for 18 percent of Iranian oil purchases in the first half of 2011, and the Netherlands is pushing for the EU to follow London's move on sanctioning the Iranian central bank.

    Parliament's bill instructs the foreign ministry to downgrade relations with any country that follows London's sanctions move.

    (Additional reporting by Mitra Amiri; Writing by Robin Pomeroy; Editing by Sophie Hares)

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    [h=1]Iranian police rescue six British embassy workers held hostage[/h] Protesters clash with riot police after Tehran expels British ambassador amid rising diplomatic tension over sanctions

    Iran's state television shows protesters attacking the British embassy compound in Tehran Link to this video Iranian police have secured the release of six British embassy employees taken hostage at a compound in northern Tehran, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
    "Police freed the six people working for the British embassy in Qolhak garden," Fars said.
    No further details of the hostage-taking were forthcoming.
    Earlier, dozens of Iranian protesters forced their way into the British embassy at a separate location in Tehran, tearing down the union flag and throwing documents from windows.
    The attack came two days after the Iranian parliament voted to expel the British ambassador, Dominick Chilcott, in retaliation for economic sanctions imposed by the west over the country's disputed nuclear programme.
    The Foreign Office said it was outraged at the events, which it described as "utterly unacceptable".
    Fars reported that a small group of students chanting "Death to England!" had replaced the British flag with the Iranian flag. British and Israeli flags were also reported to have been burned during the protests.
    Ilna, another semi-official news agency, said the protesters had "conquered" the embassy. The events were shown live on state-run Press TV.
    There was no immediate word on casualties or on how many employees were inside the embassy at the time of the assault, although it occurred after business hours had ended.
    More protesters poured into the compound as police tried to clear the site. Some carried a royal crest, which had apparently been torn from the embassy wall.
    About 1,000 gathered on the street in front of the building, waving pictures of the Iranian nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari, who was assassinated in Tehran last November.
    Others held pictures of another assassinated Iranian scientist, Masoud Ali Mohammadi, and a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard, Qassem Suleimani, who is said to be in charge of the group's overseas operations.
    State TV reported that another group of hardline students had gathered at the gate of the British ambassador's residence, in northern Tehran, at the same time.
    On Sunday, the Iranian parliament passed a bill to cut Iran's diplomatic ties with Britain and downgrade Tehran-London relations from an ambassadorial level to that requiring chargés d'affaires.
    The move came in retaliation against the economic sanctions imposed by the west.

    Tensions with Britain date back to the 19th century, when the Persian monarchy gave huge industrial concessions to London that led to significant British control over Iran's oil industry. But they have become increasingly strained as the west accuses Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons – a charge Tehran denies.
    During the vote on Sunday, Mehdi Kuchakzadeh, a Tehran MP, suggested Iranians could raid the British embassy, implying a possible recurrence of the 1979 US hostage crisis in Iran.

    "The British government should know that, if they insist on their evil stances, the Iranian people will punch them in the mouth, exactly as happened against America's den of spies, before it was approved by officials," Kuchakzadeh said.
    "We must lock the British embassy and ignore them until they come begging like the Americans," another MP, Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash, said in quotes carried by the Borna news agency.
    The Foreign Office said: "There has been a incursion by a significant number of demonstrators into our embassy premises, including vandalism to our property. This is a fluid situation and details are still emerging.
    "We are outraged by this. It is utterly unacceptable and we condemn it. Under international law, including the Vienna convention, 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."

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    Iran is fighting a losing battle..........................with her unemployment rates on continuous ascendancy she ought to refocus in tackling economic woes at home rather than engaging on distractions like these...........
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    iran naona wanajipeleka kusikofaa wao wenyewe-muda si mrefu watachezeshwa game
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    Britain to expel all Iranian diplomats
    [FONT=&amp]Foreign minister announces move after attack on UK's embassy in Tehran by a crowd of Iranian protesters.[/FONT]

    Britain has ordered the immediate closure of Iran's embassy in London and closed its own embassy in Tehran after it was stormed by protesters.

    "The Iranian charge [d'affaires] in London is being informed now that we require the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London and that all Iranian diplomatic staff must leave the United Kingdom within the next 48 hours," British Foreign Minister William Hague told parliament on Wednesday.
    Germany on Wednesday also recalled its ambassador to Iran for "consultations" over what it called the "unacceptable" storming of the British embassy in Tehran by protesters
    norway,france seek the same way
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