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Iranians hold rallies to mark US Embassy takeover

07 November 2017, 12:30 | Rufus Hill

Iranians hold rallies to mark US Embassy takeover

As US Congress Mulls Nuclear Deal, Iran Builds Up Economic Defensive Shield

Thousands marched in Tehran on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the USA embassy, chanting anti-US and anti-Israeli slogans.

Mr Trump refused to recertify the 2015 landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in October and the United States has imposed more sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile programme. Under that deal, most global sanctions on Iran were lifted in exchange for Tehran curbing nuclear activity seen to pose a risk of being put to developing atomic bombs.

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

It comes amid uncertainty about its nuclear deal with world powers after United States president Donald Trump announced he was decertifying the accord.

This year, amid strained relations between Tehran and Washington over the nuclear deal and belligerent rhetoric from US President Donald Trump, the traditional display of military strength has taken on added significance. Trump's decision did not undo the agreement, which European countries and Iran continue to support, but allows Congress to decide whether to reimpose certain sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

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.

On Satuday, Iran marked both the Student Day and the National Day against "Global Arrogance", which commemorate the 1979 U.S. embassy takeover.

"Such foolish words reveal that the Americans are not only an enemy to the leadership and government of Iran, but they are hostile to the very existence of a tireless nation that has for decades stood against them", Khamenei told a group of students Thursday, according to Iran's semi-official Mehr News Agency.

Given that the JCPOA a win-win deal, Salehi said, Iran is trying to keep it alive and all the parties involved need to be committed to their obligations; it is in the interest of NPT too, since if JCPOA does not work, not only the NPT, but also any other worldwide treaty will lose its credibility.

A recent survey conducted by the Afkar Iranian Center, a public opinion polling institute, indicates that 94.5 percent of Iranians do not trust the United States.

Al Jazeera's Zein Basravi reports from Tehran.



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