A UK-based Iranian broadcaster forced to move over threats from Tehran has been guarded by armed police and the situation is "getting out of hand", a senior editor has said.
Iran International TV has been forced to relocate its headquarters from west London to Washington DC in the US after police warned of "imminent and credible threats to the lives of their journalists", the station said.
The channel said that it had "reluctantly" closed its west London studios in Chiswick but its staff "refuse to be silenced by these cowardly threats".
Following the decision, editor Niusha Boghrati told Sky News: "The threats have turned into a reality of terrorism.
"That is what the Met Police have been telling us. Threats were so real this time that they had to ask us to move the operation out of the country.
"It was hard to believe.
"The Met Police have been heavily guarding the location of the office in London with armed police, but it seems right now that it is getting out of hand. It was very significant.
"When you enter this arena as a journalist covering the Islamic government you know it is going to have consequences. We have been living with these consequences for several years.
"The threats, the pressure on the journalists is not something new, but the threats of assassination and kidnapping is an extreme that so far we had not experienced."
Scotland Yard revealed that police and MI5 had foiled 15 plots since the start of 2022 to either kidnap or assassinate UK-based individuals perceived as enemies of the Iranian regime.