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    Rouhani determined to end embassy attacks in Iran

    DUBAI: President Hassan Rouhani asked Iran's judiciary on Wednesday to urgently prosecute the people who attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran in protest at the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shia cleric.

    Rouhani's comments appear to show his determination to reduce tension with Iran's Sunni Gulf neighbours and continue his attempts to normalise ties with world powers by speaking out on a practice that has become a challenge for the Islamic Republic's foreign policy.

    Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Sudan and Djibouti broke all ties with Iran this week, the United Arab Emirates downgraded its relations and Kuwait recalled its ambassador after the embassy was stormed. Jordan summoned Iran's ambassador.

    Read more: Amid Saudi-Iran spat, Kuwait recalls ambassador to Tehran

    After reaching a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in July, Rouhani is seeking to end Iran's long isolation with the West. However, the repercussions of the attack could jeopardise that, posing the biggest diplomatic crisis of his government.

    Members of the United Nations Security Council released a statement on Monday condemning the attack, and another on a consulate in the city of Mashhad, “in the strongest terms”.

    “By punishing the attackers and those who orchestrated this obvious offence, we should put an end once and forever to such damage and insults to Iran's dignity and national security,” Rouhani was quoted as saying in a letter published on the state news agency IRNA.

    While embassies are often a focus of protests worldwide, Iran still celebrates the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the US embassy in Tehran every year and refers to it as the "second revolution".

    Since then, Iranians have attacked several embassies in Tehran, including those of Kuwait in 1987, Saudi Arabia in 1988, Denmark in 2006 and Britain in 2011, most of which have led to a breach in diplomatic relations.

    Related: Protesters storm Saudi embassy in Tehran

    Some of those attacking the Saudi embassy and starting fires took selfies and published them on social media, a clear sign that they thought they were enjoying immunity from jurisdiction in a country that has parallel centres of power.

    In the letter to the head of judiciary, Rouhani asked Sadeq Larijani, to bring those behind the attacks to justice.

    “This has been always a paradox in the Islamic Republic,” said Hossein Rassam, a former political adviser at the British embassy in Tehran.

    “While the revolutionary state condones or supports such attacks to capitalise on their revolutionary momentum, the administration dismisses them as it should deal with their diplomatic consequences,” he added.

    In a signal of how Western ties with Iran have thawed, Britain reopened its embassy in Tehran in August. The nuclear deal also prompted a flurry of European visits aimed at positioning for the end of Iran's economic isolation.

    Read more: Britain reopens embassy in Tehran after four years

    Iranian police have already announced the arrest of 50 people for the attacks on the Saudi mission. However, in previous cases the rioters have been detained for a few days and released without facing any charges.

    “In the case of the British embassy we are not aware of any legal action taking place against the aggressors,” said Rassam.

    “Although months later (the Supreme Leader) Ayatollah Khomenei criticised the move, the attackers walked free and nothing happened to them more than a gentle slap on the hand.”

    The Iranian government has distanced itself from the attack, saying the protesters entered the Saudi embassy despite widespread efforts by the police to stop them.

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    Re: Rouhani determined to end embassy attacks in Iran

    They should have protected the embassy in the first place.

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    Re: Rouhani determined to end embassy attacks in Iran

    Iran have history when it comes to providing safety to embassy staff.
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    Re: Rouhani determined to end embassy attacks in Iran

    Never allow attacks on embassies. Never.

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    Its a bit late now to cry crocodile tears. Iranian state has form having allowing this kind of nonsense. On this case its detracted from what the Saudis did that most civilized world condemned in the first place

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    Khamenei condemns attack on Saudi embassy in Tehran



    DUBAI: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday condemned the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran this month, saying it was “really bad”.

    Read: Iran seeks to limit fallout of Saudi embassy attack

    In remarks published on his website, he also thanked Revolutionary Guards for detaining a group of US sailors in the Gulf last week, adding they had done the right thing.

    Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on January 3 as the country reacted with fury to Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr.

    Saudi Arabia, its fellow-Sunni Bahrain and other allies severed ties with Iran following the attack on the embassy in Tehran.

    Also read: Saudis, Iran stand firm; big powers for restraint

    The development came two weeks before Iran emerged from years of economic isolation when world powers lifted crippling sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for Tehran complying with a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions.
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    Re: Rouhani determined to end embassy attacks in Iran

    Quote Originally Posted by Fassi View Post
    Khamenei condemns attack on Saudi embassy in Tehran



    DUBAI: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday condemned the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran this month, saying it was “really bad”.

    Read: Iran seeks to limit fallout of Saudi embassy attack

    In remarks published on his website, he also thanked Revolutionary Guards for detaining a group of US sailors in the Gulf last week, adding they had done the right thing.

    Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on January 3 as the country reacted with fury to Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr.

    Saudi Arabia, its fellow-Sunni Bahrain and other allies severed ties with Iran following the attack on the embassy in Tehran.

    Also read: Saudis, Iran stand firm; big powers for restraint

    The development came two weeks before Iran emerged from years of economic isolation when world powers lifted crippling sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for Tehran complying with a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions.
    If he condemned it when it happened and too action, it wouldn't had got to this stage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKong View Post
    If he condemned it when it happened and too action, it wouldn't had got to this stage.
    Maybe NS persuaded him?

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    Re: Rouhani determined to end embassy attacks in Iran

    Quote Originally Posted by Fassi View Post
    Khamenei condemns attack on Saudi embassy in Tehran



    DUBAI: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday condemned the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran this month, saying it was “really bad”.

    Read: Iran seeks to limit fallout of Saudi embassy attack

    In remarks published on his website, he also thanked Revolutionary Guards for detaining a group of US sailors in the Gulf last week, adding they had done the right thing.

    Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on January 3 as the country reacted with fury to Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr.

    Saudi Arabia, its fellow-Sunni Bahrain and other allies severed ties with Iran following the attack on the embassy in Tehran.

    Also read: Saudis, Iran stand firm; big powers for restraint

    The development came two weeks before Iran emerged from years of economic isolation when world powers lifted crippling sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for Tehran complying with a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions.
    Good to see he has woke uo

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