The British ambassador to iran arrested in Iran, U.S. State Department says
The British ambassador to Iran was arrested Saturday in Iran, the U.S. State Department said. The arrest occurred as hundreds protested in Tehran after the government admitted it had “unintentionally” shot down a jetliner earlier this week.
President Trump tweeted support to Iranians who backed protesters.
President Trump said Friday that four U.S. embassies, including the American Embassy in Baghdad, were targeted in a planned attack orchestrated by Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in an American drone strike last week. The president made the new comments in a Fox Newsinterview as his administration faces pressure to provide more information about the imminent threat Iran’s top general posed that justified the U.S. strike.
The U.S. State Department said Saturday that the British ambassador to Iran was arrested. “This violates the Vienna Convention, which the regime has a notorious history of violating. We call on the regime to formally apologize to the UK for violating his rights and to respect the rights of all diplomats,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus tweeted.
The arrest occurred during protests in Tehran, according to BBC News.
In a statement to BBC News, U.K. foreign secretary Dominic Raab said said “the arrest of our ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law. The Iranian government is at a crossroads moment. It can continue its march toward pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.”