| GEO World|
| British PM announces tit-for-tat expulsions with Iran|
| Updated at: 2050 PST, Tuesday, June 23, 2009|
LONDON: Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Tuesday that Britain has expelled two Iranian diplomats in a tit-for-tat action after Tehran ordered two British diplomats to leave.
"It is... with regret that I should inform the House (of Commons) that Iran yesterday took the unjustified step of expelling two British diplomats over allegations that are absolutely without foundation," he told lawmakers.
"In response to that action we informed the Iranian ambassador earlier today that we would expel two Iranian diplomats from their embassy in London," he added, in the latest escalation of the crisis between Iran and the West.