Ira­ni­ans rally to mark an­niver­sary of US Em­bassy takeover

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THOU­SANDS of Ira­ni­ans ral­lied in Tehran on Sun­day to mark the 39th an­niver­sary of the U.S. Em­bassy takeover, as Wash­ing­ton re­stored all sanc­tions lifted un­der the nu­clear deal.

The crowd chanted “Down with U.S.” and “Death to Is­rael” dur­ing the rally in the cap­i­tal, and state TV said sim­i­lar demon­stra­tions were held in other cities and towns.

Ira­nian stu­dents stormed the em­bassy shortly af­ter the 1979 Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion, tak­ing 52 Amer­i­cans hostage for 444 days. The U.S. cut off diplo­matic re­la­tions in re­sponse.

Iran’s cler­i­cally-led gov­ern­ment cel­e­brates the em­bassy takeover every year as a de­ci­sive blow against the United States, which had sup­ported the au­to­cratic rule of Shah Mo­ham­mad Reza Pahlavi. The em­bassy com­pound, widely known as the “den of spies,” is now a cul­tural cen­ter.

Anger and dis­trust of the United States is surg­ing again fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s de­ci­sion to with­draw from Iran’s nu­clear deal with world pow­ers de­spite Tehran’s com­pli­ance with the agree­ment, which was ne­go­ti­ated un­der the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

On Fri­day, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced the restora­tion of sanc­tions on Iran’s ship­ping, fi­nan­cial and en­ergy sec­tors, the sec­ond batch of penal­ties to be re­stored. – AP

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