Infighting in Iran drives tensions with the West

The attack on the British embassy in Tehran may indicate a power struggle between President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, writes Raymond Barrett in Washington.

4th December, 2011
Infighting in Iran drives tensions with the West
Protesters in Tehran set fire to the British and Israeli flags. Photo: Getty

The EU agreed to a fresh round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme days after protesters stormed the British embassy in Tehran, bringing the relationship between the two countries to a historic low.

The British government retaliated by expelling all Iranian diplomats from London. The British foreign secretary, William Hague, laid the blame for the attack - which evoked comparisons to the Carter-Reagan era hostage crisis - clearly at the feet of the...

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