Iran hits back, goes ballistic against US

Posted: November 4, 2011 in US News, World News

The Times of India
November 4, 2011

TEHRAN: Iran marked the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the US embassy on Friday with burning flags and chants of “Death to America”, escalating its anti-US rhetoric ahead of the release of a pivotal UN report on its nuclear programme. Thousands of students burned the Stars and Stripes, an effigy of Uncle Sam and pictures of President Barack Obama outside the leafy downtown Tehran compound that once housed the US mission.

The embassy was stormed by hardline students on Nov 4 1979, shortly after Iran’s Islamic revolution toppled the US-backed shah, and 52 Americans were held hostage there for 444 days. The two countries have been enemies ever since. Tehran has raised the volume of its anti-American rhetoric since October when the United States accused Iran of plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington.

Iran calls the accusations false, complains of US ‘plots’

Tension between Iran and the West is particularly high ahead of the publication next week of a report by the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, expected to suggest Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear programme is aimed at peaceful generation of electricity, but its failure to allay suspicions that it is seeking a bomb has prompted the United Nations to impose four rounds of economic sanctions on Tehran.

For its part, Tehran accuses the United States and Israel of killing several Iranian nuclear scientists in recent years.America has carried out terrorist acts against Iran and other countries… We will support those who are against America’s policies outside and inside America,” the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, told the crowd outside the former embassy.

He said Iran would present the United Nations with evidence of U.S. plots against Iran, and the foreign ministry would summon the Swiss ambassador on Friday to protest. The Swiss embassy represents US interests in Iran. Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday he had 100 “undeniable documents” proving the US was behind “terrorist acts” in Iran.

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