Germany, Italy and Netherlands also withdraw diplomatic staff from their stations.
After the attack on the British embassy in Tehran, France is withdrawing some of its staff as a temporary security measure. Britain has expelled all of Iran’s diplomats from its country in response to the attack on the British embassy that is believed to have the the silent backing of the Iranian regime. France is not as vilified within the Islamic republic but has championed calls to ban imports to the European Union of Iranian oil and also proposed a freezing of Iranian bank assets. In addition to the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have also brought diplomatic staff home also in preemptive measures to protects their nationals stationed within Tehran. All of the sanctions and tensions between Iran and the U.K. and E.U. stem from Iran’s clandestine nuclear program that the IAEA reports is well on its way to developing a nuclear weapon.