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August 2, 1987 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
Two weeks after their rupture in relations, there is still no sign of France and Iran finding any solution to their diplomatic crisis. Most analysts in Paris now predict a protracted period of tension, perhaps lasting into the French presidential campaign of next year. The crisis is not yet a political issue in France.
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July 24, 1987 | From Reuters
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati said Thursday that the man at the center of a diplomatic dispute between Iran and France is the No. 2 official at Iran's Paris embassy. The description appeared to confirm French assertions that the man, Wahid Gordji, played a more senior role than his official title of embassy interpreter would indicate.
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July 23, 1987 | Associated Press
An agreement between France and Iran on which country will represent each in the other's capital is "imminent" and will open the way for talks on evacuating embassy personnel, the French External Relations Ministry said Wednesday. France broke diplomatic relations with Iran last Friday, and Iran followed quickly with a reciprocal break. A ministry spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Italy would be designated the representative for France and Pakistan for Iran.
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July 22, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Thousands of Muslim fundamentalists on Tuesday trampled dummies of President Reagan and French President Francois Mitterrand to protest a U.N. resolution urging an end to the Persian Gulf War and France's rupture of diplomatic relations with Iran. "Terrorism is the only solution," shouted demonstrators as they burned American, French and Israeli flags in the square of Baalbek, a Syrian-controlled city 52 miles northeast of Beirut.
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July 21, 1987 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
The government said Monday that it has warned all French shipping to avoid sailing in the Persian Gulf, the latest development in the French-Iranian diplomatic crisis. The French minister for the sea, Ambroise Guellec, informed French shipping companies in a letter dated Friday, the day that France broke off diplomatic relations with Iran, that vessels entering the gulf would do so "entirely at their own risk and peril."
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July 19, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
While a dangerous international quarrel boils up around him, Wahid Gordji has been sitting in the Iranian Embassy behind a wall of speculation. To hear his colleagues tell it, the young Iranian official was a translator for diplomatic contacts in Paris. But Gordji is variously portrayed by others as the No. 2 man at the embassy, an adept businessman and a link to Iran's secret service and groups attracted to Iran's Islamic revolutionary government.
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July 19, 1987 | CHARLES P. WALLACE and WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writers
Iran announced Saturday that French diplomats based in Tehran will be tried for espionage, escalating the war of nerves between the two nations a day after each broke formal diplomatic ties with the other. The announcement, by Iranian Interior Minister Ali Akbar Mohtashemi, asserted that members of the French Embassy staff in Tehran have helped foes of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's revolutionary government escape from Iran and served as links among movements bent on overthrowing the regime.
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July 18, 1987 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
France broke off diplomatic relations with Iran on Friday in the climax to a bitter row over an Iranian Embassy employee wanted for questioning regarding his suspected role in a series of terrorist bombings in Paris last year. From Tehran, the official Iranian news agency said Iran had broken relations with France because the country had mistreated its diplomats. A French government spokesman in Paris reported that Iranian security forces had sealed off the French Embassy in the Iranian capital.
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