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    Iran students storm UK Embassy

    Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- Iranian students stormed the British embassy in Tehran Tuesday, breaking down the door, throwing around papers and replacing the British flag with an Iranian one.

    Iran's Press TV reported that police had the incident under control, but Britain's Foreign Office called the situation "fluid" and said "details are still emerging."
    \'There has been a incursion by a significant number of demonstrators into our Embassy premises, including vandalism to our property," the Foreign Office said. "We are outraged by this. It is utterly unacceptable and we condemn it."

    The Foreign Office added that "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."
    The incursion happened during a protest demanding that the British ambassador be sent home immediately.

    A crowd of about 1,000 people gathered near the embassy for the anti-British demonstration, and had been peaceful before some participants storming the building. A CNN producer on the scene also saw protesting students throwing stones at the embassy's windows.

    The Iranian Parliament voted Sunday to expel the ambassador and reduce diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom in retaliation for newly-imposed Western sanctions, according to Iran's IRNA news agency. The vote must go to the Guardian Council for approval.


    The Foreign Office called the Iranian Parliament's vote Sunday "regrettable."
    Iranian protest leads to embassy incursion - CNN.com

    The Iranian security forces are currently working to secure the Embassy back from the protestors, but it wouldn't be a stretch of the imagination to suggest that someone in the Iranian government encouraged this incident to occur and at the very least failed to protect the embassy in accordance with international law.

    I would be equally disgusted if the Iranian embassy was over run in London by British students, Diplomats, Embassy Staff and Embassies are not fair game in my honest opinion.
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    Re: Iran students storm UK Embassy

    I wonder in how many instances was the removal of the embassy the precursor to a war.
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    Iranian students storm British embassy in Tehran, take 6 hostages

    This definitely won't help tensions with Iran. Could this be the trigger to further deterioration between Iran and the West?

    TEHRAN: Dozens of hard-line Iranian students stormed the British embassy in Tehran on Tuesday, bringing down the Union Jack flag and throwing documents from windows in scenes reminiscent of the anger against Western powers after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

    The mob moved into the diplomatic compound two days after Iran's parliament approved a bill that reduces diplomatic relations with Britain following London's support of recently upgraded Western sanctions on Tehran over its disputed nuclear program.

    The protesters broke through after clashing with anti-riot police and chanting for its takeover. "Death to England,'' some cried in the first significant assault of a foreign diplomatic area in Iran in years.

    There was no immediate word on casualties or how many embassy employees were inside 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.

    Smoke rose from some areas of the embassy grounds and the British flag was replaced with a banner in the name of 7th century Shiite saint, Imam Hussein.

    The occupier called for the closure of the embassy calling it a "spy den" the same phrase used after militants stormed the US embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held 52 hostages for 444 days. Washington and Tehran have no diplomatic relations since then.
    Iranian students storm British embassy in Tehran, take 6 hostages - The Times of India
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    Re: Iran students storm UK Embassy

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    I wonder in how many instances was the removal of the embassy the precursor to a war.
    Well there's no actual way Iran can wage war on the UK or America so it's the ball is firmly in their court.

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    Re: Iran students storm UK Embassy

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Well there's no actual way Iran can wage war on the UK or America so it's the ball is firmly in their court.
    There's plenty of ways, a huge portion of the American military is still in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus there's always economic warfare by messing with the oil supply, their own or someone else's, and there's always the more unconventional method using some violent groups which Iran has influence over. I don't really think its a precursor to open war, but Iran is capable of doing some damage if they so chose.

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    Re: Iran students storm UK Embassy

    not to mention a little organization called Hezbollah.

    that being said, i would like to emphasize that There Is Nothing To See Here. the Iranian Government Is Made Up Of Civilized, Rational Actors, And Ergo Would Of Course Never Countenance Or Encourage This Kind Of Assault By Deniable Elements. Ergo, These People Can Be Trusted Not To Follow Through On Their Threats To Nuke Israel. Move Along, Move Along, Nothing To See Here.

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    Re: Iran students storm UK Embassy

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Well there's no actual way Iran can wage war on the UK or America so it's the ball is firmly in their court.
    There are ways. Probably unsuccessful, but they do exist.
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    Re: Iran students storm UK Embassy

    this is a violation of international law and there has to be a stong response, the time for writing strong worded letters as past. Lets start imposing stronger sanctions on them and start targeting key military targets like we did to Iraq in the 90's. Lets send them back to the dark ages and then we will see how strong the will of the people is then. Time of a bit of old fashioned gun boat dimplocay!

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    Re: Iran students storm UK Embassy

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    not to mention a little organization called Hezbollah.

    that being said, i would like to emphasize that There Is Nothing To See Here. the Iranian Government Is Made Up Of Civilized, Rational Actors, And Ergo Would Of Course Never Countenance Or Encourage This Kind Of Assault By Deniable Elements. Ergo, These People Can Be Trusted Not To Follow Through On Their Threats To Nuke Israel. Move Along, Move Along, Nothing To See Here.
    What would you do cpwill?


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