US condemns storming of British embassy in Iran

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says the U.S. condemns in the strongest terms the storming of the British Embassy in Tehran.

In a statement, the White House says Iran has a responsibility to protect the diplomatic missions in its country. The U.S. is urging Iran to condemn the incident, prosecute the offenders and ensure that no other incidents occur at either the British Embassy or any other mission in Iran.

Hard-line Iranian students stormed the embassy in Tehran on Tuesday, bringing down the Union Jack flag, burning an embassy vehicle and throwing documents from windows in scenes reminiscent of the 1979 attack on the U.S. embassy there.

The White House says the State Department is in close contact with the British government.