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UK pulls diplomatic staff from Iran after embassy attack

Protesters stormed two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran in row over fresh sanctions

UK pulls diplomatic staff from Iran after embassy attack
Protesters storm a security gate as they break in to the British Embassy during an anti-British demonstration in the Iranian capital on Nov 29 (Getty Images)
UK pulls diplomatic staff from Iran after embassy attack
Britain has evacuated all its diplomatic staff from Iran, sources told Reuters on Wednesday (AFP/Getty Images)
UK pulls diplomatic staff from Iran after embassy attack
Britain said it was outraged by the attacks and warned of 'serious consequences' (Getty Images)
UK pulls diplomatic staff from Iran after embassy attack
Relations between the two countries have soured further over recent weeks, with the UK Treasury imposing sanctions on Iranian banks (Getty Images)
UK pulls diplomatic staff from Iran after embassy attack
UK accused the banks of supporting the country's nuclear programme (Getty Images)
UK pulls diplomatic staff from Iran after embassy attack
An Iranian Basij militia member throws stones towards the building of the British embassy in Tehran (AFP/Getty Images)
UK pulls diplomatic staff from Iran after embassy attack
The Iranian authorities insist that its nuclear plans are for peaceful purposes only and parliament has voted to downgrade diplomatic relations with the UK (Getty Images)
UK pulls diplomatic staff from Iran after embassy attack
On Tuesday, Iranian protesters stormed two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran (AFP/Getty Images)
UK pulls diplomatic staff from Iran after embassy attack
They smashed windows, torched a car and burned the British flag in protest against new sanctions imposed by London (Getty Images)
UK pulls diplomatic staff from Iran after embassy attack
Several dozen protesters broke away from a crowd of a few hundred outside the main British embassy compound in Tehran, scaled the gates, broke the locks and went inside (AFP/Getty Images)