Iran arrests UK embassy staff over role in riots


It is the latest retaliatory action against Britain, which has been accused by Iran of stoking the unrest that swept the country after the disputed election that returned hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power.

“Eight members of the local staff at the British embassy who had a considerable role in the recent riots have been arrested,” the Fars news agency said without quoting a source.
Last week, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki had warned that Iran may downgrade ties with Britain, after the two governments expelled diplomats in a tit-for-tat move.

Iran also expelled a BBC correspondent in Tehran and arrested a British-Greek journalist, as well as a number of other British passport-holders.

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