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November 29, 2011

White House condemns storming of the British embassy in Tehran

From the Press Secretary: "The United States condemns in the strongest terms the storming of the British Embassy in Tehran. 

"Iran has a responsibility to protect the diplomatic missions present in its country and the personnel stationed at them. We urge Iran to fully respect its international obligations, to condemn the incident, to prosecute the offenders, and to ensure that no further such incidents take place either at the British Embassy or any other mission in Iran. Our State Department is in close contact with the British government and we stand ready to support our allies at this difficult time."

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Bill Byford

Mr Press Secretary:
Aw...that's so sweet! How nice of you to care!

taikan

Technically, under international law the British Embassy is deemed to be British, not Iranian, territory. Therefore, the British would have been justified in shooting all of the people who attacked the embassy. Although some people might say that shooting the attackers would be an overly aggressive response, after what happened to those held hostage after a similar incident in 1979 involving the US Embassy in Tehran it could be considered justified.

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