Britain has ordered its entire diplomatic staff to be removed from Iran after supporters of Iranian ruling clerics attacked the British Embassy and residential compound in Tehran.
On Wednesday, other European Union member countries were scheduled to meet to decide whether their embassies would remain open in light of the attack that left no doubt that anti-Western sentiment is growing in Iran. Norway closed its embassy for the day on Wednesday, according to The Washington Post.
“The PM and Foreign Secretary have made clear that ensuring the safety of our staff and their families is our immediate priority,” said a statement from British officials. “We do not comment on our contingency plans.”
Iranian officials say that the disruption at the British Embassy is reflective of worsening Iranian national opinion about Western nations.
In addition to bringing diplomats out of Iran, the United Kingdom has ordered the closure of the Iranian embassy in London and the departure from Britain of all Iranian staff, according to The Telegraph.