Iran marks an­niver­sary of U.S. Em­bassy takeover

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - By Nasser Karimi

TEHRAN, IRAN — Iran on Satur­day dis­played a sur­face-to-sur­face mis­sile as part of events mark­ing the an­niver­sary of the 1979 U.S. Em­bassy takeover and hostage cri­sis amid un­cer­tainty about its nu­clear deal with world pow­ers.

Thou­sands gath­ered at the for­mer U.S. Em­bassy in down­town Tehran where a mis­sile, be­lieved to be a 1,243-mile-range solid-fuel Se­jjil, was on dis­play. It was the first time Iran dis­played a mis­sile dur­ing the an­nual gath­er­ing.

Later in the day, the semi-of­fi­cial Tas­nim news agency, which has ties to the elite Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard, said the mis­sile was a Qadr-F that has the same range.

Hun­dreds of Ira­nian mil­i­tant stu­dents stormed the U.S. Em­bassy fol­low­ing the 1979 Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion that top­pled U.S.-backed Shah Mo­ham­mad Reza Pahlavi. They took 52 Amer­i­cans hostage for 444 days af­ter Wash­ing­ton re­fused to hand over the shah, who was in the U.S.

A crowd chanted “Down with the U.S.” and “Death to Is­rael” dur­ing the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion. State TV said sim­i­lar cel­e­bra­tions were be­ing held in other Ira­nian cities and towns. They also burned flags of both the U.S. and Is­rael as well as an ef­figy of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­fused to re-cer­tify the 2015 land­mark nu­clear deal be­tween Iran and world pow­ers in Oc­to­ber and the U.S. has im­posed more sanc­tions on Iran over its bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram.

The U.S. Congress must now make a de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the 2015 nu­clear deal, in which Iran agreed to limit its en­rich­ment of ura­nium in ex­change for the lift­ing of eco­nomic sanc­tions.

Ali Shamkhani, sec­re­tary of the coun­try’s Supreme Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, ad­dressed the crowd, say­ing Iran will make any sanc­tions im­posed by the U.S. “in­ef­fec­tive” even as the U.S. tar­gets Iran’s eco­nomic, nu­clear and de­fen­sive power.

Shamkhani, al­lud­ing to Trump’s threats against North Korea, said even U.S. al­lies know that Trump “has no power to re­al­ize his bluffs, against Iran, too.” He called the U.S. the “eter­nal en­emy” of Iran.

The for­mer em­bassy in Tehran is now a cul­tural cen­ter while stand­ing as a sym­bol of a U.S. de­feat for many Ira­ni­ans. Many Ira­ni­ans call it the “den of spies.”

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


Ira­nian chil­dren at­tend an an­nual gath­er­ing in front of the for­mer U.S. Em­bassy in Tehran to mark the an­niver­sary of its 1979 takeover, while a sur­face-to-sur­face mis­sile is dis­played by the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard (at rear) on Satur­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.