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Iran marks 1979 revolution with anti-Israel, anti-US demonstration

Iran marks 1979 revolution with anti-Israel, anti-US demonstration

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 United States embassy in Tehran, which had become a center of espionage and planning to overthrow the newly established Islamic system in Iran. A Ghadr ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,240 miles) was put on display at the demonstration.

A crowd chanted "Death to Israel" and "Down with the U.S." during the celebration.

The embassy was stormed by Iranian students on November 4, 1979, and its personnel were held hostage for 444 days.

The US-Iranian relationship has grown even more strained in recent months, especially after President Donald Trump publicly renounced the Iran nuclear deal in October, refusing to recertify the 2015 multilateral agreement in an effort to initiate tougher and more wide-ranging restrictions on Tehran.

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

Though U.S. diplomats and Central Intelligence Agency officers shredded thousands of documents before the students entered the building, the Iranian researchers spent years piecing each paper slice back together.

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Responding to Trump and his administration's attempts to isolate Iran diplomatically, Khamenei said his foes in the U.S.

Shamkhani also noted that the countries that have supported the US's anti-Iran stance over the past years were themselves at a loss.

Tighter security was handled by Iranian police and the hard-line Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. State television said similar celebrations were being held in other Iranian cities and towns. Many Iranians call it the "den of spies".

The anniversary has become a day of Iranian nationalism.

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".

In an interview with Iran IRIB1 Negahe Yek on Saturday, Salehi said Amano has a special responsibility at this time, and the IAEA is the only authority that can assess the obligations of the member states, and tries to take necessary measures according to the events occurring in the USA against JCPOA.