The UK hopes to reopen its embassy in Iran before Christmas, four years after it was ransacked during protests against sanctions, Philip Hammond said. The foreign secretary told the House of Commons that he hoped to visit Tehran, after Iran struck a deal with the international community aimed at preventing the country from developing a nuclear weapon, Guardian reported. “There are some technical issues, as I’ve explained to the house before, on both sides that will have to be resolved before it can be done,” he said. “But there is a very clear will to do it and I will be working directly with my Iranian counterpart to ensure that we clear away those obstacles over the next few months. “I very much hope that we will be in a position to reopen our respective embassies before the end of this year, and I look forward to going to Tehran to do so.” Hammond will visit Israel this week for a meeting with the country’s Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who has warned the deal means “a sure path to nuclear weapons” for Iran. The British embassy in Tehran was closed in 2011 and Iranian diplomats expelled from the UK after about 200 protesters from the youth wing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards stormed the diplomatic compound. At the time, William Hague, then foreign secretary, said the protesters had the backing of the Iranian regime.