Thousands march as Iran marks 1979 U.S. embassy takeover

Saul Bowman
November 7, 2017

Iran has paraded its missile capability in recent months in a show of defiance to Trump, whose administration has said Tehran's development of ballistic missiles violates the spirit of the nuclear agreement signed in 2015.

"And when a missile is tested thousands of kilometers away, after (issuing empty) threats, all their president does is put out a tweet", he said in an apparent reference to North Korea's missile tests.

In 1979, 38 years ago today, the United States embassy in Iran was overrun by student demonstrators who supported Iran's Islamic revolution.

Demonstrators, mostly students, waved flags and signs, some which read "Stop Terrorism" and "Shut up Trump", to show their discontent toward the hardline stance taken by the US government.

The US Congress must now make a decision regarding the nuclear deal, which saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

"Such foolish words reveal that the Americans are not only an enemy to the leadership and government of Iran, but they are hostile to the very existence of a tireless nation that has for decades stood against them", Khamenei told a group of students Thursday, according to Iran's semi-official Mehr News Agency.

The US cut its diplomatic relations with Iran following the embassy takeover and has had no diplomatic relations since.

Shamkhani also noted that the countries that have supported the US's anti-Iran stance over the past years were themselves at a loss.

Turnout for the annual Iranian street rallies that commemorate the embassy takeover, a pivotal event of the Islamic Revolution, appeared higher this year, than when Barack Obama pursued detente with Tehran. State TV said similar celebrations were being held in other Iranian cities and towns.

"Amano is trying to inform the global community of Iran's obligations, he came to Tehran on his own request and consulted with Iranian officials on the wrong positions of the United States", he noted.

Iran, in turn, has accused the USA of destabilizing the Middle East through various military interventions that Tehran attributes to the rise of Islamist militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS).

State media reported that when Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, spoke to a rally in Tehran, he said, "All the governments confirm that the American president is a insane individual who is taking others toward the direction of suicide".

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