IRAN: Tehran's Own Hostage Crisis

Arab gunmen seize London embassy and issue an ultimatum

"I should like you to know of my deep personal concern about the situation at the Iranian embassy in London. This intrusion constitutes an act of terrorism and an infringement of the immunity of diplomatic staff which the British government finds totally repugnant and is acting firmly to counter."

Thus, in a pointed message to Iran's President Abolhassan Banisadr, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher expressed her displeasure over the seizure of the Iranian embassy in London by Iranian Arab terrorists. Obviously she was also indirectly condemning the Tehran government for allowing Iranian...

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