Massive rallies marks 1979 U.S. embassy seizure in Iran

Casey Dawson
November 7, 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 U.S. embassy in Tehran, which had become a center of espionage and planning to overthrow the newly established Islamic system in Iran.

Trump also refused to recertify and threatened to terminate the hard-won Iran nuclear accord, saying it was "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into". It was the first time Iran displayed a missile during the annual gathering.

The celebrations marked the day in 1979 when hundreds of Iranian militants stormed the US Embassy following the 1979 Islamic coup that brought down Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

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

It comes amid uncertainty about its nuclear deal with world powers after U.S. president Donald Trump announced he was decertifying the accord. Demonstrators burned an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump, as well as Israeli and U.S. flags.

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.

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The US cut its diplomatic relations with Iran following the embassy takeover and has had no diplomatic relations since. He called the USA the "eternal enemy" of Iran.

Iranians who gathered at the embassy echoed the defiant words of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who last week called the United States Iran's "No. 1 enemy".

"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.

On Satuday, Iran marked both the Student Day and the National Day against "Global Arrogance", which commemorate the 1979 USA embassy takeover. It appeared to be an effort by Iranian authorities to contrast its missile programme against those of countries like North Korea, which now uses its arsenal to threaten the United States.

Thousands of Iranians came to a former U.S. embassy in Tehran to rally against American president's "crazy" policy and "global arrogance".

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