Massive rallies marks 1979 United States embassy seizure in Iran

Randolph Lopez
November 6, 2017

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. Under that deal, most worldwide sanctions on Iran were lifted in exchange for Tehran curbing nuclear activity.

Last month, Trump declined to certify Iran's compliance with the agreement - under which Iran curbed uranium enrichment in exchange for relief from global sanctions.

According to reports, some marchers held signs featuring derogatory caricatures of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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 U.S. "ineffective", even as Washington targets Iran's economic, nuclear and defensive power.

The other parties to the nuclear deal - Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - have voiced concern over Trump's opposition, fearing this could stir new Middle East instability.

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On Tuesday, the head of the Revolutionary Guard said Iran's supreme leader had restricted the range of ballistic missiles manufactured in the country to 2,000 kilometres - limiting their reach to only regional targets. The rally, which commemorates the students who led the takeover of the building on September 3, 1979, also served as a unified denouncement of USA -imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Tasnim added that Brig.

A few months after the toppling of the US -backed government of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iranian students, believing the USA embassy was being used as cover for espionage activity aimed at overthrowing the Islamic Republic, stormed the building.

A statement read out at Saturday's protest said Iranians "see the criminal America as their main enemy and condemn the denigrating remarks of the hated USA president against the great Iranian people and the Revolutionary Guards".

Tensions between the United States and Iran have risen again, at a time when Tehran has been improving political and military ties with Russian Federation.

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