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Iran summons British ambassador amid rising tensions

  • British ambassador summoned by Iran
  • UK sanctions, Iran denies allegations
  • US implicates Iran in attacks

Iran summoned the British ambassador to Tehran in retaliation for London’s “baseless accusations” and sanctions.

On Tuesday, the IRNA state news agency reported, “Simon Shercliff, the British ambassador in Tehran, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs… and was informed of our country’s strong protest in response to the British regime’s continued accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

The director-general of Western Europe at the Iranian foreign ministry, Majid Nili Ahmadabadi, criticized the British government and described its actions as another “destructive and unconstructive” gesture towards Iran, according to the statement, which did not explain the accusation against the United Kingdom.

The official, cited by IRNA, stated, “It is a bitter historical irony that a nation that founded and supports organized terrorist organizations, drug trafficking, and criminal gangs wishes to level accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran and its loyal and honest forces, which are at the forefront of the fight against organized crime.”

The summons was issued after the United Kingdom’s declaration of sanctions against Iranian officials whom it claimed were implicated in menacing journalists on British soil and others it claimed belonged to Tehran-affiliated international criminal syndicates.

Additionally, the United Kingdom has implicated groups with ties to Iran in a deadly assault on American personnel in Jordan.

UK and Iran Clash Over Attacks

David Cameron, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, denounced the “attacks against U.S. forces by Iran-aligned militia groups” and demanded that “Iran de-escalate in the region.”

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Iran, on the other hand, denied any connection to the Jordan strike that resulted in the deaths of three American personnel and stated that it had no intention of “escalating” the tensions in the Middle East.

“As previously stated, the resistance groups in the region are reacting to the genocide and war crimes committed by the Zionist regime in Israel against children. They do not receive directives from the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Nasser Kanaani, a spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was quoted by IRNA on Monday as saying.

“The decisions and actions of these groups are determined by their own priorities and principles, in addition to the welfare of their nation and people.”

On Tuesday, U.S. President Joe Biden also informed reporters of his decision regarding his response to the attacks in Jordan, stating that he holds Iran “responsible in the sense that they supplied the terrorists with weapons.”

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