U.S. condemns storming of British embassy in Tehran

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Posted: Nov 29, 2011 12:29 PM
U.S. condemns storming of British embassy in Tehran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House condemned "in the strongest terms" the storming of the British Embassy in Tehran by Iranian protesters on Tuesday and urged Iran to prevent further assaults on diplomatic sites in the country.

"Iran has a responsibility to protect the diplomatic missions present in its country and the personnel stationed at them," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

"We urge Iran to fully respect its international obligations, to condemn the incident, to prosecute the offenders, and to ensure that no further such incidents take place either at the British Embassy or any other mission in Iran. Our State Department is in close contact with the British government and we stand ready to support our allies at this difficult time," Carney said.

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Bill Trott)