Iranian protesters gathering outside the British embassy as some broke into it and brought down the British flag, November 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE
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Britain will reopen its embassy in Iran this weekend nearly four years after protesters ransacked the elegant ambassadorial residence and burned the British flag.Hammond will travel to Iran this weekend for the formal opening of the embassy Sunday.Iranian protesters stormed two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran in November 2011, smashing windows, torching a car and burning the British flag in protest against nuclear-related sanctions imposed by London, long-regarded as the "Old Fox" in Iran for its perceived malign influence in regional affairs.Britain responded by shutting Iran's embassy in London and expelling its diplomats.Britain, and the United States, have long been viewed with considerable suspicion in Tehran.
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