Iran blocks British government website

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Iran has blocked access to a British government website aimed at Iranian audiences in a new act of aggression against the UK, Britain's Foreign Secretary said yesterday.

William Hague claimed that the website – the online presence of Britain's now shuttered embassy in Tehran – had been deliberately targeted following the storming of Britain's embassy by demonstrators last month.

The website contained information for Iranians hoping to visit Britain. "This action is counterproductive and ill-judged," Mr Hague said. It provided further proof of "the Iranian government's dire record on freedom of speech and human rights".