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The Islamic Republic of Iran’s parliament voted to remove the British ambassador to Iran as well as downgrade the republic’s economic ties to the U.K. The legislation needs approval from the Guardian Council before it can become law but this is not expected to be a hindrance to its final passage. These actions come after the IAEA’s report that Iran is on its way to producing a nuclear weapon. Britain has been first to sanction the Iranian regime and moved swiftly to cut off the Iranian central bank from doing business in the U.K., representing the first time the United Kingdom has enacted a complete boycott of a nation’s economy since the end of World War II. The Guardian reports the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office as saying this with regard to the Iranian parliamentary vote: “This unwarranted move will do nothing to help the regime address their growing isolation or international concerns about their nuclear program and human rights record. If the Iranian government acts on this, we will respond robustly in consultation with our international partners.”

 

[Global Post]