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Members of the Iranian Army march during a parade. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA

London- Iran has intensified security measures at the buildings of the French embassy in Tehran after protest gathering in front of the embassy.

A group of Iranian demonstrators gathered in front of French embassy in Tehran on Thursday night to object to the Paris hosting of an annual meeting of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) opposition Iranian group.

Iranian police referred to the attack against the Saudi embassy by angry protesters in the past and said that the security apparatuses and Tehran police are committed to prevent recurrence of such events.

Deputy Tehran Governor General for Security Affairs Mohsen Hamedani had told IRNA earlier that 50 to 60 demonstrators had gathered in front of French embassy in Tehran, but the protesters were calmly dispersed.

“Due to the concurrence of holding the illegal gathering with France’s national day in the embassy, the diplomatic police present at the embassy peacefully dispersed the demonstrators,” Hamedani said.

Attack on the Saudi embassy and its consulate earlier this year has raised international condemnations on Tehran, which has a busy record of attacks on diplomatic sites.

The attack was carried out in January as the Iranian security was heavily present, according to reports.

In the past days Iranian officials have given stances similar to those that led to the attack on Saudi diplomatic missions.

The Saudi embassy was attacked by Basij members despite that the Iranian security received back then orders from the Iranian Foreign Ministry to protect it from any possible attack.