Iran expresses protest to United Kingdom over incident with embassy in London - FM

Men clad in black climb onto Iran’s embassy in London take down flag

In 1980, gunmen seized the embassy to try to secure the release of Iranian political prisoners.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said the British government has officially apologized over the storming of the Iranian Embassy in London by a few assailants, and the United Kingdom police has arrested all of them.

"At around 6.40pm, all four were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and being unlawfully on diplomatic premises".

The head of the Iranian embassy in the British capital, Hamid Baidineyad described on a social network the attack against the embassy, carried out by a group that was carrying sharp instruments used as weapons and shouting slogans against the Islamic Republic. "They remain there in custody", the spokeswoman said.

Four men dressed in black raided the Iranian embassy in London Friday afternoon, reportedly threatening staffers with machetes and baseball bats before climbing the façade of the building and taking down the Iranian flag.

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It is understood the protesters did not manage to get inside the building.

Local reports said they were supporters of a radial religious cult.

Iran has summoned the British ambassador to Tehran over an attack on the Islamic Republic's diplomatic mission in London, Press TV reported.

In a statement, a Foreign Office spokesman said: "The safety and security of diplomats and diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom is of paramount importance to us".

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