UK Kicks Out Iranian Diplomats
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2009 11:37 AM CDT
In this photo release by a semi-official Iranian News Agency, a protester waves an anti-British placard during a demonstration in front of British Embassy, June 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Fars News Agency,Javad Moghimi)
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(Newser) – The UK will expel two Iranian diplomats, in retaliation for Tehran’s own banishment of two British diplomats yesterday, the BBC reports. Gordon Brown said that he was “disappointed that Iran has placed us in this position.” He defended the UK diplomats, saying the accusation that they were “involved in activities incompatible with their status” was “absolutely without foundation.”

He added that the election results should reflect the will of the people. “The onus is on Iran,” he said, “to show the Iranian people that recent elections have been credible, and that the repression…will cease.” Opposition leader David Cameron supported Brown. “The expulsion of diplomats by Iran is clearly not acceptable,” he said, “and the British government was absolutely right to respond.”