June 23, 2009 / 3:05 PM / 10 years ago

UK, Iran expel two of each other's diplomats-Brown

LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - Britain is expelling two Iranian diplomats after Iran forced two British diplomats to leave, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Tuesday.

"Iran yesterday took the unjustified step of expelling two British diplomats over allegations which are absolutely without foundation," Brown told parliament.

"In response to that action, we informed the Iranian ambassador today that we would expel two Iranian diplomats from their embassy in London. I am disappointed that Iran has placed us in this position," he said.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the United States and Britain on Sunday to stop interfering in Iran’s internal affairs after the disputed June 12 presidential election, which led to days of protests in which about 17 people have been killed. (Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Matt Falloon)



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