Iran MPs to review downgrading ties with Britain

Iranian lawmakers have called on the government to downgrade its relations with Britain for interfering in the Islamic state's internal affairs, state media reported.

Iran MPs to review downgrading ties with Britain

Iranian lawmakers have called on the government to downgrade its relations with Britain for interfering in the Islamic state's internal affairs, state media reported.

"Iran will lose nothing from downgrading relations with Britain ... this is the minimum cost that London should pay for confronting the Iranian nation," lawmaker Kazem Jalali told state television.

Jalili, who is spokesman for parliament's National Security and Foreign Affairs committee, said it would review ties with Britain on Sunday. However, the committee's decision would depend on the outcome of voting in parlimant.

Jalili also criticised the "impudent" behaviour of the British Ambassador to Iran, Simon Gass.

"Gass wrote about violation of human rights in Iran ... ignoring the killing of students in Britain in recent protests," said Jalili. Some MPs have demanded that Gass be thrown out of the country.

Another lawmaker, Hamid Rasai, called the British embassy "a nest of spies", a term usually used to refer to the former U.S. embassy in Tehran seized by students shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

"There is no difference between America and Britain and their policies ... we will take necessary measures to close down the embassy and to cut ties with Britain," Rasai told a group of about one hundred students outside the embassy, where they were protesting against Britain's meddling in Iran.

Iran's current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters, has called Britain "the most treacherous" of Iran's enemies.

Nine Iranian staff from the British embassy were arrested and later released in June 2009, for alleged involvement in post-election unrest.

Iran has repeatedly accused the United States, Britain and Israel of being behind two bomb attacks in Tehran on Nov. 29, one of which killed a nuclear scientists, a charge denied by London and Washington.

Agencies

Last Mod: 13 Aralık 2010, 15:09
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