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Obama urges Iran to punish those storming British embassy

(Xinhua)

08:52, November 30, 2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Iran to take to task those responsible for storming the British embassy in Tehran, saying the incident was unacceptable.

"It's important to just note that all of us, I think, are deeply disturbed by the crashing of the English embassy, the embassy of the United Kingdom in Iran," Obama told reporters at the White House before starting talks with visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

"That kind of behavior is not acceptable, and I strongly urge the Iranian government to hold those who are responsible to task," the president said.

Thousands of angry Iranians staged a protest before the British embassy in central Tehran on Tuesday, and some of them broke into the compound.

And in front of the British Council compound in northern Tehran, some 300 students staged another protest and about 100 of them forced their way into the building.

British flags at both compounds were dragged down by the protesters and replaced with Iranian national flags.

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