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Berlin recalls Iran envoy over UK embassy attack

The Local · 30 Nov 2011, 15:53

Published: 30 Nov 2011 15:53 GMT+01:00

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"In light of yesterday's events in Tehran, Foreign Minister (Guido) Westerwelle decided that the German ambassador in Iran should be recalled to Berlin for consultations," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement.

Germany had already summoned the Iranian ambassador to Berlin over the incident late on Tuesday, saying Iran was bound under international law to protect foreign missions.

"We condemn the storming of the British embassy in Iran, in which the German school there was also damaged, in the strongest terms. This storming is in violation of international law, it is in no way acceptable," Westerwelle told reporters after talks with his Greek counterpart Stavros Dimas.

Westerwelle said Germany stood by Britain in "solidarity" as a European partner, and noted that international law dictates the protection of foreign embassies.

"We will stress this to Iran with absolute clarity," he said.

Britain closed its Tehran embassy Wednesday after evacuating all its diplomats from Iran as part of a "very tough" response.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton also urged Iran earlier to fulfil international obligations to protect embassies after the "unacceptable" attack.

Protesters stormed Britain's embassy and another diplomatic compound in Tehran, trashing offices, stealing documents and defying police efforts to remove them.

Iran's Foreign Ministry expressed regret over the incident while police said several protesters who entered the embassy were arrested and would be handed over to the courts.

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Germany is one of six world powers trying to convince Iran to abandon sensitive nuclear work, which they fear is part of an attempt to acquire an atomic bomb.

Tehran insists its nuclear programme is purely aimed at meeting its civilian energy needs.

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07:21 November 30, 2011 by Englishted
Why not use that old bomb from Koblenz .

Joking for the moment but I fear it will come to that.

It is not possible to deal with this lot and the sooner Guido Westerwelle wakes up to that the better, we do all need to stand together against the Iranian leaders .
07:54 November 30, 2011 by wood artist
This is, sadly, just another typical lose-lose situation.

The only peaceful solution will be found through dialogue, but it's nearly impossible to talk with Iran, partly because they simply don't understand or intend to participate in diplomacy, and partly because it's impossible to find somebody in charge to talk with. Their President has no power, but talks a lot, the Supreme Leader isn't really in control, and doesn't openly participate in governance, and whoever pulls the strings of the Revolutionary Guard is the power behind the throne...not a visible part of the government.

Alternatively, we all march down the path towards armed confrontation, which yields only more bloodshed and ill will. No one benefits from their position, but they do seem to enjoy it. We know, given the approach they took to demonstrations about their last election, that this riot didn't happen without government approval, and quite likely governmental instigation.

There's no way to deal with folks like this...at least no good way.

09:33 December 1, 2011 by asteriks
How much money get rats from political police to publish comments on internet? Go in factory and work something. And don't sell patriotism for money, be patriot for free.
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