TEHRAN, AUG. 15 -- Liquor bottles have been lined up in a telltale row on a balcony of the sacked Kuwaiti Embassy, and Iranians driving by can be seen laughing at the exposed hypocrisy.

The Saudi Arabian Embassy has been occupied by Revolutionary Guards, and a sign posted outside says "Down with Fahd," the Saudi monarch decried in a neighboring banner as a U.S. lackey. In another part of town, 11 French diplomatic personnel have been trapped in their surrounded embassy for the last six weeks.

What used to be a large U.S. embassy has been transformed into the Imam Sadeq School for the Revolutionary Guards Military, and the British embassy is locked up empty and tight.

These are hard days for diplomacy in Iran.

The revolution headed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, now in its eighth year, has produced an Iranian government more interested in the tenets of Shiite Islam and the spread of its fundamentalist views than the internationally recognized standards of diplomatic behavior. In a growing series of confrontations with other nations, the result has been felt immediately in attacks on embassies in Tehran.

The most recent example came after at least 275 Iranian pilgrims at Mecca were killed in a clash with Saudi security forces on July 31. By the next day, crowds gathered in front of the Saudi Embassy here. Chanting slogans, the demonstrators burst through the gates and, after a scuffle with Saudi security guards, took over the embassy and captured the four Saudi diplomatic personnel inside, according to a witness.

One security guard was injured and later hospitalized for a time. The others were stripped of their passports and diplomatic identification cards, then driven by Revolutionary Guards to offices of a komiteh, or neighborhood Islamic revolutionary committee, according to an account from a well-informed source.

Files were ransacked and the embassy safe was pushed out of a window, then loaded onto a truck and driven away, the witness said.

At about the same time, a crowd attacked the Kuwaiti Embassy. Three diplomatic personnel inside were driven off to the same komiteh offices. The crowd inside broke windows, set fires and ripped down photographs.

Someone later set the bottles out on the balcony, lining up champagne, cognac, whiskey and tequila to show Iranians that their Kuwaiti enemies were violating Islamic strictures against alcoholic beverages.

A delegation of Arab diplomats later protested to the Foreign Ministry, and the captured diplomats were released. One of the Saudi diplomats is reported to be in a Tehran hospital, but the reason for his hospitalization is unclear. There have been conflicting reports about whether the other three are still in Tehran.

According to an informed resident of Tehran, the diplomats have been sitting at home since their release, still without their passports and identification cards and thus unable to work or leave for home.

{In a related dispute involving the violence in Mecca, the director of Iran's coroner's officer said bullet wounds were found on the bodies of 14 Iranian pilgrims that were among the 230 returned to Iran, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. Saudi Arabia has maintained the 402 pilgrims and security police who were killed in Mecca had died as the result of a stampede prompted by Iranian demonstrators. Iran says Saudi police fired into a crowd of demonstrators.

{United Press International, which quoted the IRNA report, also quoted an official Kuwaiti statement Saturday saying that Kuwait's remaining two diplomats in Tehran had returned home.}

The 11 French diplomats and their dependents inside the French embassy compound have been in a similar situation since the compound was surrounded at the beginning of July. Italy has taken charge of French interests here since France and Iran broke relations July 17, so the Italian flag is flying over the entrance.

Just below it, however, flutters a large banner reading, "France will soon taste the bitter taste of its meanness," and another reading, "The origin of the moral war in the Persian Gulf is based on the United States, but France and England are standing beside them."

The U.S. embassy, site of the 1979-81 U.S. hostage crisis, has been passed along by the students who occupied it at the time. Its grounds still kept prim and pine trees still shading the lawns, the embassy today houses students from the growing military apparatus of the Revolutionary Guards.

U.S. visitors to the compound today were greeted by young soldiers. A request for a look around was met by a smile and a promise that everything could be arranged at a later date, "without a doubt."

On the wall outside, painted in bold blue letters, was the sign: "The superpowers' veto right is worse than the law of the jungle."

The Iranian leadership has tended to view its relations with other countries in this light, a knowledgeable diplomat reported. Moves against Iran in other countries or the United Nations have been received here as unacceptable persecution, and retaliation has not waited for a check with the Foreign Ministry on diplomatic practice.

There are signs, however, that some in the Iranian government think things may have gone too far. President Ali Khamenei told a crowd at Friday prayers that Iran would respect diplomatic immunity but that diplomats are here at the government's invitation.

Similarly, Iran sought to interest the United Arab Emirates in a joint mine-sweeping operation to keep the gulf clear. IRNA portrayed the offer as a neighborly gesture and said the UAE charge d'affaires here was summoned Thursday to receive the suggestion and relay it to his government.

Referring to an interview with the Iranian Navy's southern zone commander at Bandar Abbas, IRNA said, "The commander declared that when there exists a power such as the Islamic republic, which is capable of maintaining security in the region, there is no need for foreign countries to interfere in the region."

The agency reported today that Seif Saeed Saed, director of gulf affairs in the UAE Foreign Ministry, expressed thanks for the gesture to the Iranian ambassador and handed over an official reply. The dispatch did not mention the UAE's refusal, announced yesterday.