Iran threatens UK to downgrade diplomatic ties
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 9
By Emil Ilgar – Trend:
Iran has threatened to downgrade the diplomatic ties with the UK, the Islamic Republic's state TV IRIB reported.
Iran's reaction came in return to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent statement, where she said she s "clear-eyed" about the threat posed by Iran to the security of the Gulf and wider Middle East, in a speech in Bahrain.
She added that the UK would work with Arab Gulf states to counteract Iran's "aggressive regional actions".
Alaeddin Boroujerdi the Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of Parliament said that in case the UK continues its “divisive policy” in the region, Iran’s parliament would vote again on downgrading the diplomatic relations, from having a UK ambassador in Iran to charge d'affaires.
Iran's parliament passed a bill in 2011 on downgrading the diplomatic ties with theUK, which led to closing the embassies on both sides. The countries resumed the ties on the charge d'affaires level during Hassan Rouhani’s presidency, later upgrading to normal diplomatic relations.