Iran Foreign Ministry regrets seizure of British Embassy (UPDATE 2)
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Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.29 / Trend /
Iranian Foreign Ministry has expressed regret over the seizure by protestors of the UK Embassy building in Tehran, Fars news agency reported.
At the same time, Iranian police has taken over the embassy and expelled the students that had seized it earlier.
Deputy Chief of Iranian Police, General Ahmad Reza Radan arrived to the building, and the students were given an ultimatum, demanding to clear the building of the embassy. After the expiration of the ultimatum police stormed the building and cleared it completely from the demonstrators.
Tehran's police chief, Hossein Sajedinia said some students were arrested in a clash with police and a criminal case was filed against them. According to Fars, the number of arrested students is 12.
Despite this, the students who participated in the seizure of the building, issued a statement. It says that downgrading the level of diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom - a measure that was adopted on Sunday by the Iranian Parliament - is not enough. According to the statement, they will continue protests until Iran completely breaks relations with Britain.
The bill was approved in the Iranian parliament on November 23. The bill is anticipated to easily attract the favorable votes of the majority of parliament which includes 290 representatives.
The initiators of the bill noted that parliament considered it in response to the recent UK decision to slap sanctions on Iran's Central Bank.
On Tuesday, Iranian students burst into the UK Embassy in Iran and throw everything outside the door. They tore down the UK Queen Elizabeth's picture.
The protestors lowered the UK flag from the embassy and erected Iranian flag instead of it.