A new era? Iranians erase 'Death to America' graffiti from wall of former US embassy in Tehran

The US embassy was sacked in the early days of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
August 31, 2015 10:20
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Iranians erase 'Death to America' graffiti from wall of former US Embassy in Tehran‏. (photo credit: IRANIAN MEDIA)

Slogans against America are being erased from walls on the street of Tehran, Iranian media has reported in recent days.

Iranian news sites have published pictures of a person wiping off graffiti that reads,"Death to America," also from the walls of where the US embassy was formerly located prior to its closure after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. 

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The US embassy was sacked in the early days of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 by students who feared a repeat of a 1953 coup, when the CIA orchestrated the overthrow of Iran's prime minister. The ensuing US hostage crisis lasted 444 days and Washington and Tehran have yet to restore diplomatic ties.

Last week, as Britain restored its diplomatic mission four years after protesters ransacked the British ambassador's residence, Iran's foreign minister said it was too early to talk of reopening the US Embassy in Tehran.  

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, asked if Tehran would now countenance a restoration of the US diplomatic mission, said the United States' "illogical attitude" towards Iran meant the time was not ripe for a similar move with Washington.

"It seems that there needs to be a change in that kind of attitude and behavior on the part of the US. So the situation is different with the US," he said.




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