Tehran: Iranian lawmakers on Wednesday voted to
consider downgrading diplomatic ties with Britain in
retaliation for newly imposed sanctions, state media reported.
The Parliament introduced an emergency bill to go to a
vote on Sunday on the issue, said the website of IRIB
Several lawmakers cried "Death to Britain" as the measure
was adopted with 162 votes. Five deputies voted against.
The wording of the bill was not immediately divulged.
But the head of the parliamentary committee on foreign
policy and national security, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said he was
asking the foreign ministry "to expel the British ambassador
from the country," said the parliamentary website.
Britain on Monday, in coordination with the United States
and Canada, announced new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear
programme, after a report by the UN atomic energy watchdog
this month suggesting Tehran was researching nuclear weapons.
Britain, which hosts the world's biggest financial market
in the City of London, said it was "ceasing all contact"
between its financial system and that of Iran.
Britain and Canada have embassies in Tehran. The United
States does not, having closed it after Islamic students took
its diplomats hostage in 1979 following Iran's revolution.
First Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 15:37