Ambassador recalled after storming of British embassy
* Paris wants EU to agree oil embargo, c.bank asset freeze (Adds quotes, sources, details)
By John Irish
PARIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – France is recalling its ambassador from Iran for consultations a day after protesters stormed the British embassy in Tehran, and will push for tougher sanctions at an EU foreign ministers’ meeting on Thursday.
“Given the flagrant and unacceptable violation of the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations and the seriousness of the violence, the French authorities have decided to recall their ambassador from Iran for consultations,” French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said in a statement.
Foreign Minister Alain Juppe’s chief of staff had earlier in the day summoned Iran’s charge d’affaires in Paris to condemn the attacks on the British diplomatic missions in Tehran, which forced London to close its embassy and evacuate staff.
“Tomorrow …. with our European partners, we will discuss further repercussions of this latest irresponsible behaviour by the Iranian authorities,” Valero said.
EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels to map out Europe’s response to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency that suggested Iran has worked on designing an atom bomb.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed freezing central bank assets and halting oil purchases to press Tehran to halt its nuclear programme. Continued…