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Thousands march as Iran marks 1979 USA embassy takeover

07 November 2017

On November 4, 1979, and in less than a year after the victory of the Islamic Revolution that toppled a US-backed monarchy, Iranian university students who called themselves "students following the line of (the late) Imam (Khomeini)" seized the USA embassy in Tehran, which had become a center of espionage and planning to overthrow the newly established Islamic system in Iran. It was the first time Iran had displayed a missile during the annual gathering.

Hovering above the rallying crowd, multiple banners could be seen reading "Down with the USA" and "Go to hell", with the upturned images of the United States president, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

US President Donald Trump has criticized what he sees as the overly narrow scope of the constraints the 2015 nuclear deal placed on Tehran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, demanding that it be revised to address Tehran's missile and regional activities, which are not related to the nuclear pact.

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. The U.S. cut its diplomatic relations with Iran after the embassy takeover and has had no diplomatic relations since.

Mr Shamkhani, alluding to Mr Trump's threats against North Korea, said even USA allies know that Mr Trump "has no power to realise his bluffs, against Iran, too".

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"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.

Anti-Iran measures adopted by the U.S. have strengthened the Iranian nation's power, Shamkhani said on Saturday.

Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the country's Supreme National Security Council, addressed the crowd on Saturday, saying Iran will make any sanctions imposed by the United States "ineffective", even as Washington targets Iran's economic, nuclear and defensive power.

Celebrations were held across the country and reports emerged of thousands gathering outside the USA embassy in Tehran.

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said this week that Iran must resist the United States.

Thousands march as Iran marks 1979 USA embassy takeover