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As anti-government protests in Tehran die down, the diplomatic stoush heats up. President Barack
Obama has condemned Iran's clampdown; Iran has accused the west of meddling and expelled two
British diplomats; while Britain has expelled two Iranian diplomats.

PETER CAVE: President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the unjust actions of Iran in clamping
down on election protests but he says it patently false of Iran to accuse the west of stirring up
trouble in Iran.

The stringent crackdown by security forces appears to have ended the street protests for the moment
and the country's Supreme Ruler Ayatollah Khamenei has promised to extend by five days the deadline
for accepting complaints about the election on the 12th of June.

As well as attacking the US, Iran has accused UN chief Ban Ki-moon of meddling and has expelled two
British diplomats after accusing them of spying.

The British Government responded in kind ordering two Iranian diplomats out of the UK.

Stephanie Kennedy reports from London

STEPHANIE KENNEDY: Iran has singled out the UK in its widespread condemnation of what it calls
meddling by foreign powers in its affairs. Both Iran's Supreme Leader and President Ahmadinejad
have accused Britain of fomenting the public unrest.

Last Friday the Ayatollah, ratcheted up the rhetoric labelling the UK as evil and accusing Britain
of using the presidential election to destabilise the Islamic republic. Then on Sunday the regime
expelled the BBC's Iran correspondent and claimed that agents of the British secret services had
been infiltrating Iran in droves.

Now it's emerged that a day later two British diplomats were expelled for engaging in what Tehran
describes as activities incompatible with their status, that's code for spying. In London Britain
called in Iran's ambassador and the Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced tit-for-tat expulsions.

GORDON BROWN: It is therefore with regret that I should inform the House that Iran yesterday took
the unjustified step of expelling two British diplomats over allegations which are absolutely
without foundation.

In response to that action we informed the Iranian ambassador earlier today that we would expel two
Iranian diplomats from their embassy in London. I'm disappointed that Iran has placed us in this

STEPHANIE KENNEDY: Twenty-four hours earlier, Britain pulled out the families of its entire
diplomatic staff in Tehran fearing the embassy would be the focus of an anti-Western rally. There
were concerns that this could trigger a repeat of 1979, when students stormed the US embassy and
held 52 diplomats hostage for 444 days.

Conservative MP Ben Wallace is the chair of the all party group on Iran and explains why Britain
has been singled out by Tehran.

BEN WALLACE: Well Iran has three big powers of evil or bogeymen that it uses all the time and it's
America, Israel and Britain. Mainly Britain because of its historical links to Iran and of course
Britain is the only one of the three that has an embassy and has diplomatic relations. And
therefore it is the obvious whipping boy when Iran wants to make a point.

What the Iranian Government and the current regime want is a bogeyman to blame everything on, they
want to say that this is not about an internal issue, this is not about the other presidential
candidates, this is something that is whipped up by the outside world.

STEPHANIE KENNEDY: And he believes London will have to tread a very cautious line in its future
relations with Tehran's leaders.

BEN WALLACE: What we go from here - is let's try and make sure that we are not made the bogeyman
but also that Iran knows that we're no pushover either when it comes to being treated in a bad way.

STEPHANIE KENNEDY: And that may not be so easy given Tehran now refers to Britain as 'Little
Satan'. In London this is Stephanie Kennedy reporting for The World Today.