Iran says diplomats' defection not political
Reuters / Ramin Mostafavi; Editing by Paul Taylor

Iran said on Tuesday the defection of Iranian diplomats in foreign capitals was not politically motivated despite suggestions that it highlights deepening rifts among the country's ruling elites.

At least three Iranian diplomats have defected to European countries this year -- two in the last two weeks -- in what they said was a protest against electoral and human rights abuses.

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