Iran leaders defiant day ahead of oil sanctions
Iran is marking the anniversary of the takeover of the US embassy in Tehran that sparked a 444-day hostage crisis. The anniversary coincidentally falls a day before Iran will feel the full force of renewed US sanctions.
Iran’s enemies shouldn’t try to bully the Islamic Republic, said Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani, head of the judiciary, adding the Iranian people have stood against sanctions and pressure for four decades.
“Never threaten Iran,” said Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Revolutionary Guards, in comments directed at US President Donald Trump.
He was speaking to a crowd on the grounds of the former US embassy.
On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian students stormed the US embassy in Tehran. They held 52 US diplomats and citizens for 444 days.
Iran remembers the date as National Day of Fighting Global Arrogance.
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Thousands rallied in Tehran and across the country, burning US dollars and American and Israeli flags, carrying posters mocking US President Donald Trump, and praising Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“Throughout the forty-year challenge, the defeated party has been the US and the victorious party has been the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Khamenei told a group of students the day before.
“The US is defeated because it has started the attacks without ever achieving the goals it pursued,” he said, going onto describe the US as an economic power in decline with a confused military.
US sanctions on Iran’s oil sector will be in effect on Monday, though Washington has granted eight waivers to select countries. Turkey and Iraq are both benefiting from waivers, according to reports.
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