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Newsline: Britain hopes to re-open Iran embassy by year-end

Britain hopes to re-open its embassy in Iran before the end of the year, foreign minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday following an agreement between Iran and six major world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program. After more than a decade of negotiations, Iran agreed on Tuesday to long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West suspected was aimed at creating an atomic bomb. In return, the United States, European Union and United Nations will lift sanctions and unfreeze billions of dollars of Iranian assets. “I very much hope that we will be in a position to re-open our respective embassies before the end of the year,” Hammond said in parliament. The re-opening was dependent on resolving some technical issues, he added, without elaborating. Diplomatic relations were suspended and the British embassy was closed after hundreds of Iranian demonstrators stormed the building in November 2011.



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