Attache Farzad Farhangian urges Iran to 'overthrow' the regime
The Australian / Martin Fletcher

AN Iranian diplomat has called for an uprising against his government after he became the third of his colleagues to defect this year.

"I want (the regime) to be overthrown," press attache at the Iranian embassy in Brussels Farzad Farhangian, 47, told a press conference in Oslo yesterday, before seeking asylum in Norway.

He fled Brussels at the weekend after his decision to quit triggered threats of reprisals against him and his teenage son.

Mr Farhangian, a diplomat for 23 years, wanted to "take a stand in support of the Iranian people and the (opposition) movement".

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