Iranians Commemorate 1979 US Embassy Takeover

Iran displays missile on anniversary of US embassy takeover

As thousands marched on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the United States embassy, Iran put a ballistic missile on display. Trump broke ranks with European allies, Russian Federation and China last month, and refused to re-certify Iran's compliance, even though Iran reaffirmed its commitment to the deal and United Nations inspectors have verified Tehran is complying with its terms.

Iran showed off its most powerful missile, the liquid-filled, surface-to-surface Qadr, which the semiofficial Fars News agency says it can travel 1,243 miles, including to Israel.

One senior Iranian official accused the current USA administration of a "crazy" return to confrontation with Tehran.

Thirty eight years ago, student activists stormed the U.S. diplomatic compound, taking 52 embassy staff hostage. Khamenei rallied students against President Donald Trump's decision to decertify the 2015 nuclear treaty and his attempts to depict Iran as a supporter of terrorism.

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.

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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. The U.S. cut its diplomatic relations with Iran after the embassy takeover and has had no diplomatic relations since. In a potential violation of the JCPOA's terms, Trump encouraged nations to cut economic ties with Iran because of its support for groups deemed terrorist organizations by the US government. He also laid additional sanctions on Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. State television said similar celebrations were being held in other Iranian cities and towns.

Since the 1979 takeover of the USA mission by Iranian students, which followed the overthrow of the then US -backed shah, or king, in Iran, Iranians have been marking the occasion every year by holding rallies on the anniversary dubbed as "National Day against the Global Arrogance". Many Iranians call it the "den of spies".

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

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

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