Thousands of demonstrators chanted “Death to America” in the streets of Iran Tuesday, marking the 1979 overthrow of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by militant students.
Iranians held rallies in Tehran and major cities across the country, burning both American and Israeli flags, celebrating the anniversary dubbed “National Day of Campaign Against Global Arrogance,” according to Iran’s semiofficial Fars News Agency, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
“The demonstrators also condemned the U.S.-led western sanctions against Iran, and stressed that the United States is the main enemy of the Iranian nation,” Fars reported.
The rallies mark the 35th anniversary of the 1979 hostage crisis, in which 52 Americans were held captive by Iranian students at the U.S. Embassy for 444 days. Nov. 4 is also the anniversary of the exile of Imam Khomeini by the Shah in 1964, and the massacre of a large number of Iranian students during the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Fars reported.
As Tuesdays demonstrations took place, Iranian officials in charge of leading nuclear talks with the West said that any deal must recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium, the Free Beacon reported.
“Iran is ready to ink a comprehensive nuclear accord with the six major world powers if the Islamic Republic’s nuclear rights are recognized,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said.