British Ambassador summoned after execution of spy Akbari.
Published on 15.1.2023
Press TV reports that the Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned the British Ambassador to Tehran, Simon Shercliff, over the UK’s interference in Iran’s internal affairsparticularly in matters relating to national security.
“In response to Britain’s unconventional interventions, particularly in the area of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (RII) national security, the British Ambassador to Tehran, Simon Shercliff, was summoned to the Foreign Office by the Director General for Western Europe,” the ministry said in a statement released on Saturday, January 14.
The Iranian official conveyed to the British diplomat the protest of the Islamic Republic against London’s destructive measures which go against Iran’s national security.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry official told Shercliff that Iran had obtained solid information about London’s unconventional communication with Akbari, saying the British government should be held accountable for breaching the Islamic Republic’s national security .
He pointed out that the “unwarranted and malicious support” of a spy was not compatible with the claim of relations based on mutual respect.
He added: the RII would not need the permission of other countries, including Britain, to take strong action to protect its national security, and warned that the continuation of these “illegal would not be acceptable at all.
The British government must accept the consequences of continuing such an unconventional and interventionist approach, the Iranian diplomat added.
He noted that Iranian civil law does not recognize dual nationality and therefore London’s destructive interference and remarks under such a pretext have no legal basis.
The Iranian official condemned any unorthodox move that threatened national security and called on the British diplomat to inform his respective country of Iran’s protest.
UK threatens Iran
The British ambassador’s summons came the same day Alireza Akbari, a former Iranian official, was executed after being sentenced to death for spying for the British intelligence agency.
The dual Iranian-British national, who had been sentenced to death for “corruption on earth” and “actions against the internal and external security of the country” by spying for England’s spy agency, was hanged on Saturday January 14.
In line with this, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak claimed he was “appalled” by this “ruthless and cowardly act, carried out by a barbaric regime which does not respect the human rights of its own people”. .
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Following Akbari’s execution, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly threatened the RI that the execution of the Iranian-Briton would not go unanswered.
London has therefore announced that it has placed Iran’s Attorney General, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, under sanctions. “By placing him under sanctions today, we underline our disgust at the execution of Alireza Akbari,” tweeted British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, without specifying the nature of these sanctions. “We call the regime to account for its appalling human rights violations,” he said.
France summons senior Iranian diplomat
For her part, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna summoned the Iranian Chargé d’Affaires to Paris on Saturday following the execution of the Iranian-British national, Alireza Akbari, the ministry said in a statement, expressing outrage. against this execution.
He too accused Iran of repeated violations of international law which “cannot go unanswered”.