Closed captioning of: Iranians storm British embassy, protest sanctions
we turn overseas now to what happened in the streets of
this morning. the storming of
in an assault that looked frighteningly familiar to what we all lived through decades ago there. and we are learning tonight it may have been more orchestrated than it first appeared. our chief foreign correspondent
a terrifying mob attack. hundreds of protesters screaming death to england. storming the
, breaking windows, even running off with a picture of the queen. a violent echo of the takeover of the
, when 52 americans were held for
's government tv covered it all live.
britain should be accountable. this is not my word, this is the word of experts.
a tip-off that the takeover was sanctioned by the regime, and carried out by a powerful force, the government militia that crossed student protests during elections it in
. today even
's russian allies joined the u.s. and others in condemning the attack.
i strongly urge the
to hold those who are responsible to task. they have a responsibility to protect diplomatic outposts.
bureau chief is there.
we have to assume that incidents like this have tacit approval from the very top. spontaneous demonstrations are not tolerated here by the government, and are crushed by an
what set it off? last week the british cut off all dealings with
because of the country's nuclear activities. much tougher than u.s. sanctions.
you feel isolated because of the sanctions.
there are other tensions.
has accused great britain and the u.s. of assassinating top military scientists. and sabotage at
's military site. all this, plus political infighting between the
it may be that the
underway -- and there are lots of factions vying for power -- has allowed this to happen.
the embassy attack comes as israel is debating whether to take
. and the republican candidates all calling on
to get a lot tougher with