Iranian hardliners mark anniversary of 1979 US embassy siege with demonstration

November 4, 2013 10:00

DUBAI - Iranian hardliners demonstrated to mark the anniversary on Monday of the 1979 seizure of the US embassy in Tehran, a sign of the considerable obstacles to President Hassan Rouhani's diplomatic initiative to ease tension with Washington.

Large crowds gathered early on Monday morning around the embassy building - often described as the "nest of spies" - holding anti-US placards, waving flags and shouting "Death to America", Iranian media reported.

The 1979 siege began when student activists stormed the embassy, taking hostage 52 embassy staff for 444 days. The two countries have not re-established diplomatic relations since.

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