Following the approval of a bill aimed at downgrading ties with the UK by the Iran’s Majlis parliament, students from different universities stormed into the British embassy in Tehran, calling on the Iranian government to make haste in implementing the bill.
The bill, which was also approved unanimously by Iran’s Guardian Council (GC) on Monday, obliges the country’s Foreign Ministry to expel Dominick John Chilcott within two weeks, thus reducing diplomatic ties with the UK government to the level of charge d’affaires.
The motion to downgrade ties with London was first presented to the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee in 2009, following the UK’s interference in post-election unrests in Iran.
The bill was revived in response to Britain’s hostile approach towards Iran and the sanctions imposed by London against the country’s banking system and energy sector in coordination with the US and Canada over Tehran’s nuclear program.
The sanctions were imposed after the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors on November 18 passed a resolution against Iran’s nuclear program based on the IAEA report which experts have dismissed as “unfounded, unbalanced and unprofessional.”