Tehran votes to expel Britain’s ambassador

The Telegraph: 

Iran erupted in a fresh frenzy of animosity towards its old imperial foe on Sunday as MPs chanting “death to England” voted to expel Britain’s ambassador to Tehran and threatened his mission with a reprise of the 1979 hostage crisis.

Iranian lawmaker Javad Sabour chants

Iranian lawmaker Javad Sabour chants “Death to England” in an open session of parliament in Tehran, Iran Photo: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi
Adrian Blomfield

By , Middle East Correspondent

6:38PM GMT 27 Nov 2011

Dominic Chilcott, who took up the position of ambassador just a month ago, could be forced to leave the country within weeks after a motion to downgrade Iran’s diplomatic ties with Britain was passed overwhelmingly by the Islamist republic’s parliament.

The step was taken after Britain, Canada and the United States announced fresh sanctions against Iran last week in the wake of a report by UN weapons inspectors which provided the most compelling case yet that Tehran is trying to build a nuclear bomb.

Britain was singled out, however, after it became the first state to impose direct sanctions on Iran’s central bank. Financial institutions in the City were also banned from doing business with their Iranian counterparts.

Despite pressure from Israel, Washington has baulked at following suit, arguing that such a step would cause deep financial pain for ordinary Iranians and could cause the price of oil to soar. If its central bank faced widespread international sanctions, Iran would find it virtually impossible to import and export oil, food and other commodities except on the black market.

It is the first time in the UK’s postwar history that Britain has imposed a total boycott on the entire banking industry of a foreign state.

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4 Replies to “Tehran votes to expel Britain’s ambassador”

  1. This step makes me think that a war is imminent, the sanctions aren’t working and will never work. Now the Iranians are going on the offensive.

  2. I have no love of the Iranian regime, but why is the UK yet again sticking its nose into another countries affairs, pratting on with boring, self righteousness?
    All we need to do is trade with Iran if they want to trade, that’s it. How they chose to run their own country is their affair. This Islamic resurgence will whither and die on the vine if the West would just stop interfering and let the people of these countries discover what paradise on earth is really like.
    If they manage to remain Islamic, so be it, it’s no skin of our nose. I wish my country, and all other western countries would just mind its own business.

  3. The same thing was said about communism, it took over 70 years and billions of dollars to stop the communist hegemony, and all the time we were being told that if we would just stop doing anything the communists would. When we had leaders that followed this advice the communist gobbled up numerous countries, a fact the anti-anti-communists ignore to this day. Do you really want us to make the same mistake all over again?

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