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Britain/Iran diplomatic relations


Queen’s University international security expert Christian Leuprecht is available to talk about Britain’s announcement today at that it is closing Iran’s embassy in London in response to Iranian protestors storming the British embassy in Tehran.

“There’s no free assembly in Iran so not only did the Iranian regime orchestrate the mob, it also chose to provide insufficient (or passive) security so the mob could go on a rampage. This was a deliberate and calculated move,” says Dr. Leuprecht, who teaches in the political studies department and is a fellow in the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy. “Under international law, countries are responsible for protecting foreign missions and treating them as sovereign national territory. The ransacking of the UK’s embassy thus constitutes not only a gross violation of international law but also a symbolic violation of the UK’s sovereign sphere.”

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