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Britain says committed to re-opening Iran embassy

Britain remains committed to re-opening its embassy in Iran, foreign minister Philip Hammond said

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Britain remains committed to re-opening its embassy in Iran, foreign minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday following an agreement between Iran and six major world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program.

“We remain committed to re-opening our embassies in each other’s countries and will do so once we’ve resolved some outstanding issues,” Hammond said in parliament.

He said the deal should reassure the rest of the world that all routes for Iran to develop a nuclear bomb have been closed off, and that the deal could have wider positive consequences.

Britain said last year that it intended to reopen its embassy in Tehran. Diplomatic relations were suspended and the embassy was closed after hundreds of Iranian demonstrators stormed the building in November 2011.

Hammond also told parliament he was heading to Israel later Wednesday to explain the Iran nuclear deal in person.

He said he would speak to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday "to convey our message about this deal directly".