Iran: Norway shuts embassy after UK mission attack

Norway has closed its embassy in Tehran after the British mission in the Iranian capital was attacked by an angry mob.

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2011, 16:49 PM IST

Oslo: Norway has closed its embassy in Tehran
after the British mission in the Iranian capital was attacked
by an angry mob, the government said on Wednesday.

Norway`s diplomatic staff are still in Tehran and no
decision has been taken to evacuate them, foreign ministry
spokeswoman Hilde Steinfeld said.

"The embassy was closed yesterday after the attack on the
British embassy," she said.

"We are continuously evaluating the situation," she said
when asked how long the embassy would remain closed.
The diplomatic staff, which consists of a handful of
Norwegian citizens, is still in Tehran, she said.

Asked about a possible evacuation, she said "it has been
evaluated, but for now no such measure has been taken."

Britain said today that some staff at its embassy in
Tehran were being evacuated for their own safety after the
storming of two British compounds in Tehran by protesters
angry at new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear
programme.

PTI

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