Iran Displays Missile To Mark Anniversary Of US Embassy Seizure

Marie Harrington
November 6, 2017

Thousands gathered at the former U.S. embassy in downtown Tehran where a missile, believed to be a 2,000-kilometre-range solid-fuel Sejjil, was on display. News agencies described it as a Sejil surface-to-surface missile with a range of 1,200 miles. It was the first time Iran had displayed a missile during the annual gathering. 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.

On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian university students took over the United States diplomatic mission, which they believed had turned into a centre of espionage aimed at overthrowing the then-nascent Islamic Republic.

Placards in Tehran reminded of US -supported coups in Latin American and Asian countries.

Protesters beat effigies of Trump with sticks in front of the former embassy compound while what appeared to be a dummy ballistic missile was put on display in a sign of defiance following new United States sanctions.

Iran's commemorations took place under tight security managed by Iranian police and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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After Iranian students seized the USA embassy in Tehran in 1979, they spent years painstakingly reassembling the intelligence reports shredded by the CIA officers who were some of the last workers captured, according to the BBC.

Speaking about the students who stormed the US embassy, Iran's former chief delegate to the United Nations, Rajaie-Khorassani said, "I don't know if the intention of these boys is to prevent any movement toward the United States, but it is one of the inevitable consequences".

In an address to the Saturday rally in Tehran, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said that the US's foreign policy had failed.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened to "shred" the pact if the United States pulls out.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranian people, mostly school and university students, staged demonstrations on Saturday morning all over the country to express their opposition to the arrogant policies and attitudes of the enemies, particularly the US. "The only solution is to resist", he said.

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