Iran Displays Missile To Mark Anniversary Of US Embassy Seizure

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei addresses students in Tehran on Nov. 2

Iran marked the 38th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Saturday by displaying a missile and holding anti-U.S. demonstrations.

Thousands gathered on the campus of the former embassy, called a "den of espionage", where a ballistic missile was displayed.

Iran showed off its most powerful missile, the liquid-filled, surface-to-surface Qadr, which the semiofficial Fars News agency says it can travel 1,243 miles, including to Israel.

Trump's administration has taken a tougher line with Iran, threatening to tear up an worldwide accord on its nuclear programme.

Last month, Trump declined to certify Iran's compliance with the agreement - under which Iran curbed uranium enrichment in exchange for relief from global sanctions. Senior Iranian officials continue to claim that the Islamic Republic's missile program is exclusively defensive in nature, and state that it is not negotiable.

A few months after the toppling of the US -backed government of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iranian students, believing the USA embassy was being used as cover for espionage activity aimed at overthrowing the Islamic Republic, stormed the building.

The former United States embassy in Tehran is now a cultural centre but stands as a symbol of a U.S. defeat for many Iranians.

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

Tighter security was handled by Iranian police and the hard-line Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

In the capital city of Tehran, the rallies to mark the anniversary of the landmark move are held at the venue of the former U.S. embassy, which is known by Iranians as "Den of Espionage". State TV said similar celebrations were being held in other Iranian cities and towns.

This year, amid strained relations between Tehran and Washington over the nuclear deal and belligerent rhetoric from US President Donald Trump, the traditional display of military strength has taken on added significance.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Iranians on Thursday to never forget that "America is the enemy".

"This year, Trump's anti-Iranian policies have mobilised more Iranians", Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.

Shamkhani, alluding to Trump's threats against North Korea, said even USA allies know that Trump "has no power to realize his bluffs, against Iran, too". He called the USA the "eternal enemy" of Iran. "The only solution is to resist", he said. "The enmity with America will continue and our resistance will as well". "We want to have normal relations with America and foreign investment here to create jobs for our educated youth".

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