Nov 28 Iranian protesters stormed two
British Embassy compounds in Tehran on Tuesday, smashing
windows, hurling petrol bombs and burning the British flag in a
protest against sanctions imposed by Britain, live Iranian
Here is a timeline of Iranian-British relations:
1953 - Britain and the United States help orchestrate the
overthrow of popular Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and
restore Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi to power.
1979 - Islamic Revolution overthrows U.S.-backed Shah.
1980 - Britain closes its embassy in Tehran.
1988 - Britain restores full diplomatic relations with Iran.
Feb. 14, 1989 - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini calls on Muslims to kill British author Salman Rushdie
for blasphemy against Islam in his book "The Satanic Verses".
March 7 - Iran breaks diplomatic relations with Britain.
September 1990 - Partial diplomatic relations are restored.
April 28, 1994 - Britain accuses Iran of contacts with the
outlawed Irish Republican Army. Iran denies this but relations
worsen in June; Iran and Britain expel diplomats over the IRA.
Sept 24, 1998 - Iran formally dissociates itself from the
call to kill Rushdie.
May 18, 1999 - Iran says relations between Tehran and
Britain have been upgraded to ambassadorial level.
Sept 24, 2001 - British Foreign Minister Jack Straw visits
Iran to strengthen an international "anti-terror" coalition
after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
June 2004 - Iran arrests eight British military personnel
for straying into its waters from Iraq. They are later freed.
Oct. 12, 2005 - British Prime Minister Tony Blair says there
is evidence that Iran or the Iran-backed Lebanese militia
Hezbollah was the source of technology used in roadside bombs
against British soldiers in Iraq. Iran denies involvement.
Oct. 16 - Iran's president accuses Britain of being behind
twin bombings that killed six people in southwestern Iran a day
earlier, a charge Britain denies.
March 23, 2007 - Iranian forces seize eight Royal Navy
sailors and seven marines from their patrol boat in the mouth of
the Shatt al-Arab waterway that separates Iran and Iraq.
April 4 - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he will free
the 15 as a "gift" but scolds Britain for not being "brave
enough" to admit they had made a mistake and strayed into
Iranian waters. They arrive back in Britain the next day.
June 2007 - Iran's Foreign Ministry summons the British
ambassador to protest against the award of a British knighthood
to author Salman Rushdie.
June 12, 2009 - Ahmadinejad's presidential election win is
met by opposition accusations of vote-rigging and huge protests.
June 18 - Britain says it has frozen Iranian assets worth
almost one billion pounds ($1.6 billion) under international
sanctions imposed over Iran's disputed nuclear programme.
June 19 - Britain protests to Iran about a speech by Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in which he called Britain "the
most treacherous" of Iran's enemies. Prime Minister Gordon Brown
condemns violence and media restrictions in Iran.
June 23 - Britain expels two Iranian diplomats after Iran
expels two British diplomats.
July 19 - Iran releases on bail the last of Britain's local
embassy workers it had held, chief analyst Hossein
Iranian staff were detained in late June for alleged involvement
in the post-election unrest.) Iran later tried Rassam on charges
of espionage, which Britain described as an "outrage". The
charges were dropped in October 2010.
Dec. 29 - Iran summons Ambassador Simon Gass to the foreign
ministry; he repeats Britain's position that Iran must respect
its citizens' human rights, Britain's Foreign Office says.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki threatens Britain
with a "slap in the mouth" if it does not stop interfering in
Dec. 9, 2010 - Gass, on the embassy website, accuses Iranian
authorities of depriving the people of "their fundamental
Dec. 13 - Lawmaker Kazem Jalili, spokesman for parliament's
National Security and Foreign Affairs committee, says it will
review ties with Britain on Dec. 19. The committee's decision
will be followed by a vote in parliament.
-- Jalali criticised the "impudent" behaviour of Britain's
ambassador. The Foreign Ministry has summoned him to protest
against "violent and inhumane" policing of student protests in
London, the semi-official Fars news agency reports.
Nov. 21, 2011 - Britain imposes new financial sanctions on
Iran, ordering all UK financial institutions to stop doing
business with their Iranian counterparts and with the central
bank of Iran.
Nov. 28 - Iran's Guardian Council approves a parliamentary
bill reducing ties with Britain within two weeks, which would
force out the ambassador.
Nov. 29 - Iranians storm the British embassy compound in
Tehran and burn documents looted from offices, during a rally to
protest against sanctions imposed by Britain, Iranian news
agencies report. Britain says it is outraged by the incursion
into the embassy grounds.
-- Foreign Secretary William Hague says Britain expects
other countries to impose financial sanctions on Iran and
pledges "robust" action if Tehran reduces its diplomatic
relations with London.
(Reporting by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit)