November 30th, 2011
01:12 PM ET

Official: British embassy storming was deliberate provocation

By Adam Levine

A top British official accused elements of Iran's government of being involved in this week's storming of the British embassy buildings in Iran.

In an interview airing on CNN International at 1pET, the British Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office Alistair Burt said that the attack was a deliberate provocation.

"The people who were involved are known to have connections with elements of the regime. Again, Iran is a divided, conflicted leadership," Burt said in the interview.

"It is clear that not all parts of leadership were involved. But nothing like that happens in Tehran without leadership being involved in some way."

Burt also noted that the attacks happened in "two separate places simultaneously."

In response to the storming of the compounds, Britain has closed its Tehran embassy and ordered Iran shut its embassy in London.

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    Ch. Blue, none of what you say matters when it is clear that Iran is not open about their intentions to the rest of the world in regards to their nuclear ambitions and hatred expressed towards Israel or any country is unacceptable. This storming of the British Embassy was in response to England cutting off all financial ties with Iran. Remember what happen to Sadam in Iraq during the 90s? Sanctions work. Now you talk about western proganda, what about Iran's reputation and what they have done to their people who protested? Death of Neda Agha-Soltan, wiki that! Video does not lie! I recommend that you move your foolish self to iran or iraq so you can begin to appreciate the life that you have in America. At least here you have a voice to express yourself without repercussions could you say the same in Iran? I think not....

    December 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  5. Ch. Blue

    What garbage!.... I don't get it. Are we doing propaganda work now for Britain in addition to Israel now?
    People, everything the anglo-ashkenazi media is feeding you is a lie. I was listening to a short segment on this BS story on the state-funded NPR: Neal Conan and Koppel are joining the chorus in this program and echoing the lies (and adding a few of their own). By the way, Iran was already on its way to expelling the British embassy staff last week when the staff was initially fined for burning down part of a wooded area in Tehran which it does not own: That is what this entire incident is about, and all Conan and Koppel did (what ethnicity are these names again?) was echo the myths about the "saudi embassador", a "synagog in Argentina", "rockets in basra". I think the only thing they missed was the "stoning woman". Koppel managed to squeeze in the importance of re-arming the Iraqis (so that a puppet can be installed to attack Iran again)...I am truly amazed at how many lies about Iran these jewrnalists were able to fit into a 10 minute segment.
    To NPR: I would like to know how much of our tax dollars are being spent on this program as well as on the individual stations, as your propaganda is overlapping that of VOA's and this is clearly a waste of tax payer dollars for the benefit of people with a certain agenda planted in our media (like Mr. Neal Conan and Ted Koppel), and their backers.

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