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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States strongly condemns an Iranian mob attack on British diplomatic compounds in Tehran.

Clinton says that the United States expects Iran's government to protect the lives and property of diplomats. She spoke Wednesday at a global aid development forum in South Korea.

She calls the attack an affront against the British people and the international community.

Hard-line Iranian protesters stormed the British compounds Tuesday. They hauled down the British flag, torched an embassy vehicle and pelted buildings with petrol bombs.