Thursday July 16, 2020

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
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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