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Dec 4, 2011

Iran says oil would go over $250 if exports banned

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran warned the West on Sunday any move to block its oil exports would more than double crude prices with devastating consequences on a fragile global economy.

“As soon as such an issue is raised seriously the oil price would soar to above $250 a barrel,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in a newspaper interview.

Dec 1, 2011

EU may study oil embargo on Iran; China urges calm

BRUSSELS/TEHRAN, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The European Union
tightened sanctions against Iran on Thursday and laid out plans
for a possible embargo of its oil in response to mounting
Western suspicions that Tehran plans to build nuclear weapons.

China, the biggest buyer of Iranian crude, stepped in to
warn against “emotionally charged actions” that might aggravate
the row over the storming of Britain’s embassy in Tehran.

Dec 1, 2011

EU to study Iran energy action, China urges calm

BRUSSELS/TEHRAN (Reuters) – EU nations agreed on Thursday to examine sanctions on Iran’s energy sector over its nuclear program which could include an oil embargo championed by France and Britain.

China, the biggest buyer of Iranian crude, also stepped in on Thursday to warn against “emotionally charged actions” that might aggravate the row between London and Tehran over the storming of Britain’s embassy in the Iranian capital.

Dec 1, 2011

Witnesses see “devastation” in UK’s Tehran embassy

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranians who stormed the British embassy in Tehran this week left a trail of destruction that witnesses said looked to have been well organized and not the result of a spontaneous eruption of anger, as portrayed by state authorities.

Western diplomats who visited the embassy in central Tehran on Wednesday, a day after it was sacked, told Reuters of “devastating” damage to buildings smashed up and burned and of the ordeal of diplomatic staff who have since left the country.

Nov 30, 2011

UK expels Iran diplomats after embassy attack

TEHRAN, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Britain shut down the
Iranian embassy in London and expelled all its staff on
Wednesday, saying the storming of the British diplomatic mission
in Tehran could not have taken place without some degree of
consent from Iranian authorities.

Foreign Secretary William Hague also said the British
Embassy in Tehran had been closed and all staff evacuated
following the attack on Tuesday by a crowd that broke through
gates, ransacked offices and burned British flags in a protest
over sanctions imposed by Britain on the Tehran government.

Nov 30, 2011

Churchill’s check mate: why Iranians hit UK embassy

TEHRAN (Reuters) – The hardline protesters who stormed the British embassy in Tehran hope the British never return so they can turn the compound into a “Museum of the Old Fox” — a monument to what they see as the Britain’s historic evils.

While Britain’s global influence has waned in the century since it founded the oil industry that the Iranian economy is built on, it retains a popular image as a wily animal whose back-room dealings are behind many of Iran’s woes.

Nov 30, 2011

Britain pulls embassy staff out of Iran

TEHRAN, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Britain has evacuated all
its diplomatic staff from Iran, Western diplomatic sources told
Reuters on Wednesday, a day after protesters stormed and
ransacked its embassy and residential compound.

Both properties were severely damaged, with official and
personal possessions seized or destroyed, said sources who had
spoken to staff at the embassy. One described the damage as
“carnage”.

Nov 30, 2011

Britain pulls embassy staff out of Iran – sources

TEHRAN, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Britain has evacuated all
its diplomatic staff from Iran, Western diplomatic sources told
Reuters on Wednesday, a day after protesters stormed and
ransacked its embassy and a residential compound.

Britain said it was outraged by the attacks and warned of
“serious consequences”. The U.N. Security Council condemned the
attacks “in the strongest terms”. U.S. President Barack Obama
called on Iran to hold those responsible to account.

Nov 30, 2011

Iranian protesters storm British diplomatic compounds

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian protesters stormed two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran, smashing windows, torching a car and burning the British flag in protest against new sanctions imposed by London.

Britain said it was outraged by Tuesday’s attacks and warned of “serious consequences”. The U.N. Security Council condemned the attacks “in the strongest terms”. U.S. President Barack Obama called on Iran to hold those responsible to account.

Nov 29, 2011

Iranian protesters storm UK compound in Tehran

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian protesters stormed two British Embassy compounds in Tehran Tuesday, smashing windows, hurling petrol bombs and burning the British flag during a rally to protest against sanctions imposed by Britain, live Iranian television showed.

The attacks followed the rapid approval by Iran’s Guardian Council of a parliamentary bill compelling the government to expel the British ambassador in retaliation for the sanctions, and warnings from a lawmaker that angry Iranians could storm the British embassy as they did to the U.S. mission in 1979.