British PM Tells Iranian President U.K. Committed to Reopening Tehran Embassy

Nuclear deal marks fresh start in relations between countries, Cameron says; British embassy was closed in 2011, after hundreds of demonstrators stormed building.

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File photo: Iranian protesters break the windows of a British Embassy building, in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 29, 2011.
File photo: Iranian protesters break the windows of a British Embassy building, in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 29, 2011.Credit: AP

Prime Minister David Cameron told Iranian President Hassan Rohani on Thursday that the nuclear deal marked a fresh start in relations and that he was committed to re-opening the British embassy in Tehran.

"The Prime Minister expressed his hope that this deal would mark a fresh start in bilateral relations between the UK and Iran," Cameron's spokesman said of the telephone call.

"The Prime Minister made clear that he remained committed to re-opening the British embassy in Tehran," the spokesman said.

The British embassy was closed after hundreds of Iranian demonstrators stormed the building in November 2011.

Also on Thursday, a joint press conference held by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond at the opening of their meeting in Jerusalem turned into a confrontation in front of the cameras regarding the nuclear deal.

While Netanyahu attacked the powers and asserted that they made a bad deal with Iran, Hammond countered that Britain is not naive regarding Iran but believes that the deal attained the most important goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

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