UK reopens its embassy in Iran as relations warm

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) shakes hands with his British counterpart Philip Hammond prior to their joint press conference in Tehran on Sunday.

Story highlights

  • Iran's foreign minister says the two countries will work "to open a new chapter in relations"
  • UK foreign secretary hails the reopening of the UK Embassy in Iran, closed in 2011 after violent protests
  • Tehran has also reopened its embassy in London, in a sign of improved relations

(CNN)Nearly four years after protesters stormed the UK Embassy in Iran, triggering a drastic breakdown in relations, Britain is restoring its diplomatic presence in Tehran.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he was "delighted" to be in the Iranian capital for the reopening of the embassy, in what is the first British ministerial vis