Iranian MP: UK Should Compensate for Embassy Attack Damages
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian lawmaker said the British government should pay compensation for damages to Iran’s embassy building in London in a recent attack by members of a cult.
Speaking to Tasnim on Thursday, rapporteur of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said the British government should compensate for the damages to Iran’s embassy in London during the March 9 attack by four members of the so-called Shirazi cult.
Denouncing the British Police’s poor handling of the incident, the lawmaker stressed that Iran’s Foreign Ministry should seriously pursue the case and demand an explanation from London.
In comments on Wednesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said there were shortcomings in the UK Police’s handling of the embassy attack in two areas.
While the London Police should have devised preventive programs beforehand, they dealt with the attack with very considerable delay, the diplomat noted, saying it took more than two hours to address an incident that could have ended much more quickly.
In the attack on Friday, four men dressed in black climbed on to a first-floor balcony of the building, took down the Iranian flag, and waved flags of their radical cult in an apparent protest against the Islamic Republic.
No one was hurt during the incident and the trespassers were arrested when they came down after around three hours. The four are detained for causing criminal damage and being unlawfully on diplomatic premises, a spokeswoman for London’s Metropolitan Police said.