`Attack on UK embassy in Iran was state-supported`

Last Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 17:32

Tehran: Dominick Chilcott, Britain’s ambassador to Iran, has said that the attack on the UK embassy in Tehran had the backing of the ruling government.

The BBC quoted Chilcott, as saying that said Iran was a country in which such action was taken only “with the acquiescence and the support of the state”.

“Iran is not the sort of country where spontaneously a demonstration congregates and then attacks a foreign embassy. That sort of activity is only done with the acquiescence and the support of the state,” Chilcott said.

“And there are a number of reasons why, with the benefit of hindsight, it``s very clear that this was a state-supported activity.”

According to the report, he also said some within Iran’s ruling regime might have underestimated the British response.

“The risk is that certain people in the regime who liked the idea of confrontation, because they felt it would rally people to the flag, miscalculated how strong the response would be,” Chilcott said.

“They probably didn`t expect us to send home the Iranian embassy in London and, reading between the lines, you can see in the way they have responded to that move, some remorse in having provoked it. I think that might apply more generally too,” he added.


First Published: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 14:24

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