Anti-US poster on American embassy in Tehran 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Thousands of Iranians chanted “Death to America” on Monday, the anniversary of
of the 1979 seizure of the US Embassy.
Many saw the calls as a jab at
President Hassan Rouhani as he tries to ease tension with Washington and resolve
the nuclear dispute.
Footage broadcast live on state television showed
what appeared to be a crowd of several thousand and the walls of the embassy
compound, not used since the seizure, plastered with large posters intent on
showing supposed deceptions of the United States.
“Students are alert and
hate America,” “Our blood in our veins, a gift for our leader” and “Down with
Israel,” the crowd’s chants included, Iran’s Mehr News Agency
The 1979 siege began when, 10 months after the fall of the
US-allied Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, radical students stormed the embassy,
taking hostage 52 staff for an eventual 444 days. The US and Iran have not
resumed diplomatic relations since then.
“Thirty-four years ago, our
nation showed the realities to the world, that American embassies are a place of
espionage and hatching plots,” hardline war veteran and former chief nuclear
negotiator Saeed Jalili said in an address to the crowd.
“The capture of
the nest of spies showed that the revolution was on the right path,” he said, in
remarks carried by the official news agency IRNA.
Rouhani, speaking to
lawmakers in Iran on Monday, said the removal of sanctions, motivated by the
nuclear dispute, may not be a quick process.
“The administration is
hopeful about resolving problems and we must always remember that no one should
expect all problems will be resolved in a short period of time,” he said,
according to the Iranian Press TV website.
On Twitter, Rouhani continued
his charm offensive, stating that the “Iranian nation has never hated any
nationincl. #American people. What has been & still is of concern are
hostile policies, which we condemn.”
Deputy Parliament Speaker Mohammad
Hassan Abu-Torabi Fard told a rally in the city of Qom marking the embassy siege
that the parliament supports the negotiators, according to the Fars News
“The US and the Western world, with all their power, have tried
and are trying to prevent the Islamic Republic from gaining access to the
nuclear know-how, but today the young Iranian scientists have succeeded on their
own in enriching uranium to the purity level of 20 percent and the West has
proposed negotiations which shows their acceptance of Iran’s nuclear power,” he