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Britain's foreign secretary reopened his country's embassy in Tehran Sunday in a long-awaited step signaling better relations four years after a mob stormed the compound, forcing its closure.Philip Hammond's trip comes five weeks after Britain and five other world powers struck a deal with Iran to end a 13-year dispute over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear program. He entered the embassy at noon (0730 GMT) and held a ceremony shortly afterwards in its garden with Ajay Sharma, the new charge d'affaires who will be Britain's top diplomat in Tehran. Iran's embassy in London will also reopen on Sunday. The thaw between Britain and Iran began with the June 2013 presidential election victory of Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who reached out to the West.Following the 2011 embassy attack, Britain said it could not have happened without the tacit consent of the Iranian regime at the time.
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