British embassy in Tehran stormed
Young Iranians stormed the British embassy in Tehran to protest Britain's new economic sanctions over Iran's nuclear program.
About 1,000 people gathered outside the embassy on Tuesday. Around 50 of them entered the compound, chanting, "Death to Britain". They smashed windows, threw documents outside and burned the British flag.
Riot police removed the protesters from the embassy about 4 hours after the intrusion.
Iran's state-run media reported that protesters burst into another British embassy compound in northern Tehran. Six embassy officials were temporarily detained.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry said the country is committed to international law. They added that the storming of the British compounds was regrettable.
The sanctions imposed on November 21st ban British financial institutions from making transactions with all Iranian counterparts. This includes the central bank.
In return, the Iranian parliament approved a bill calling on the government to expel the British ambassador.
Tuesday's violent protests are expected to make bilateral relations even worse.