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Iran warns UK against further meddling
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:23AM
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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has cautioned the UK that further meddling in Iran's internal affairs would cause trouble in relations between the two countries.


“There are necessary sensitivities regarding the activities of the British Embassy in Tehran. We would take appropriate action and give them serious warnings according to their activities,” Mehmanparast said Tuesday in response to a question about the Iranian Foreign Ministry's measures regarding the meddling behavior of the British Embassy in Tehran.

Mehmanparast warned the UK that ignoring the feelings of the Iranian nation and continuing interference in Iran's internal affairs would cause trouble in Tehran-London relations.

“Interference in the internal affairs of other countries is not the means to develop ties,” Mehmanparast said, adding that Western countries, particularly the UK, needed to tackle their own problems.

“They had better deal with their own internal affairs and stop claiming that they advocate the rights of regional nations. Such behaviors will not be accepted at all.”

Iran has been mulling over the cutting off relations with Britain several times due to London's meddlesome and undiplomatic approach toward Tehran.

The motion to cut off ties with London was filed and presented to the Iranian Parliament's Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy in 2009, following the UK's interference in post-election unrests in Iran.

The motion, however, gained momentum after former British envoy to Tehran Simon Gass questioned the human rights condition in Iran in remarks posted on the UK embassy's website.

In January, a group of Iranian lawmakers announced plans to set up a special fraction at the parliament tasked with pursuing initiatives to cut all relations with the British government, following Gass's remarks.

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