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posted on 09/16/2003 12:03:17 AM PDT
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UK protests at Iran embassy attacks
Britain launched a formal protest after shots were fired at the British ambassador's residential compound in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday night.
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw asked Ambassador Morteza Sarmadi to be invited in to see junior minister Baroness Symons after a spate of recent shooting incidents.
Iran had already publicly condemned the shooting at the compound, which includes the home of ambassador Richard Dalton.
"We harshly condemn this unacceptable attack and will order swift investigations to identify the culprits," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefig.
The British Embassy, which is in a separate compound in central Tehran, was hit by five bullets on September 3 and briefly closed.
More shots were fired near the building almost a week later. No one was hurt in either incident.
Prime Minister Blair's official spokesman said tonight that Lady Symons made it clear "that Iran was failing in its obligations to protect the British Embassy and urged the Iranians to conduct a full investigation and bring those responsible to justice".
posted on 09/16/2003 12:10:26 AM PDT
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