Top Iranian cleric: Taking over US Embassy in 1979 was wrong

Top Iranian cleric Taki

November 4, 2009 08:50

A top Iranian dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, said Wednesday the capture of the US Embassy in 1979 by Islamist students was a mistake. "The occupation of the American embassy at the start had the start of Iranian revolutionaries and the late Imam Khomeini and I supported it too," he was quoted by Agence France Presse as saying. "But considering the negative repercussions and the high sensitivity which was created among the American people and which still exists, it was not the right thing to do."

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