Relations between Iran and the West have thawed significantly since Hasan Rouhani took office last year. AP Photo/Vahid Salemi
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Britain plans to reopen its embassy in Iran, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced Tuesday, as the West steps up its engagement with Tehran amid rapid jihadist advances in neighboring Iraq.Britain closed its embassy in Tehran in 2011 after it was stormed by a mob, and suspended full diplomatic relations with Iran.Hague said that there had "never been any doubt in my mind that we should have an Embassy in Tehran if circumstances allowed".He added that he took the decision to move towards re-opening the embassy after a phone call with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Saturday.
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