In diplomatic breakthrough, Britain says to re-open Iran embassy

LONDON, June 17 Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:19am EDT

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LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday Britain plans to re-open its embassy in Iran after it was closed two and a half years ago, saying it would establish a small initial presence in Tehran soon.

"I have ... now decided the circumstances are right to reopen our embassy in Tehran," Hague said in a written statement to parliament. Hague said he had discussed the matter with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday.

Britain closed its Tehran embassy in late 2011 after a mob ransacked the mission. (Reporting by William James; Editing by Andrew Osborn)