Iranians hold rallies to mark US Embassy takeover

06 November, 2017, 02:07 | Author: Irene Delgado

Iran on Saturday displayed a surface-to-surface missile as part of events marking the anniversary of the 1979 USA embassy takeover and hostage crisis.

The vote came two weeks after US President Donald Trump's decision to decertify the Iranian nuclear deal, as part of Washington's efforts to toughen its policy toward Iran without undermining the agreement.

After Iranian students seized the USA embassy in Tehran in 1979, they spent years painstakingly reassembling the intelligence reports shredded by the CIA officers who were some of the last workers captured, according to the BBC.

According to Tasnim news agency, as a sign of defiance, a Ghadr ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers was put on display near the ex-US embassy in Tehran, which is now a cultural center, during Saturday's street demonstration. Still, the Europeans share U.S. concern over Iran's ballistic missile program and "destabilizing" regional behavior.

The United States has also imposed new sanctions over the Islamic Republic's ballistic missile programme.

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The storming of the embassy in Tehran by students, months after the Islamic revolution, led to a 444-day hostage crisis and a break in diplomatic relations that continues to this day. State television said similar celebrations were being held in other Iranian cities and towns. They also burned flags of the US and Israel, as well as an effigy of Trump. Under that deal, most worldwide sanctions on Iran were lifted in exchange for Tehran curbing nuclear activity.

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani highlighted Washington's hostilities and conspiracies against Tehran and said the Iranian nation has set a record in humiliating the United States and foiling its conspiracies.

The former USA embassy in Tehran is now a cultural centre but stands as a symbol of a United States defeat for many Iranians.

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

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

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