Iran Sacks Another Embassy

(Council on Foreign Relations) Elliott Abrams - On Sunday the Islamic Republic of Iran decided to sack another embassy building in Tehran, that of Saudi Arabia. In November 2011, the target was the British Embassy. And of course the first instance was the 1979 assault on the U.S. embassy compound and the seizure of hostages. Iran is a police state, with plenty of manpower available to stop "protesters" or "students" from entering embassy grounds that the Islamic Republic government is pledged to protect. So it is another piece of evidence that Iran refuses to live by the rules of civilized diplomatic practice, and that its behavior has gotten worse, not better, since the signing of the nuclear deal. The writer, a senior fellow at CFR, was a deputy national security advisor in the George W. Bush administration.

2016-01-06 00:00:00

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