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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