Iran Armed Forces Slam US for Crimes against Nation
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iranian Armed Forces General Staff lashed out at the US government for the crimes it has committed against the Iranian nation over the past six decades, and urged the whole Iranians to voice their protest against the US policies during the upcoming demonstrations slated for Monday.
In a statement issued on Saturday ahead of the National Day against the Global Arrogance (November 4), Iranian Armed Forces General Staff said the forthcoming anti-US demonstrations could mark “the day of the White House’s infamy and proclamation of distrust and worlwide hatred toward US leaders.”
On November 4, 1979, and in less than a year after the victory of the Islamic Revolution that toppled a US-backed monarchy, Iranian university students that called themselves "students following the line of (the late) Imam (Khomeini)" seized the US embassy in Tehran.
The students justified the takeover by insisting that the compound had become a center of espionage and planning to overthrow the newly established Islamic system in Iran.
The students occupying the embassy later published documents proving that the compound was indeed engaged in plans and measures to overthrow the Islamic system.
Every year on the 13th day of the Iranian month of Aban (November 4), the Iranian nation, particularly the students, hold rallies across the country to mark the day.
The Armed Forces General Staff’s statement also noted that this year’s demonstrations could lay bare the US administration’s misuse of other nations’ trust.
The US colossal spying operations have targeted leaders and citizens of other nations including some of its close allies like Germany, France, Italy and Spain.
In a latest revelation, Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the CIA, said Washington has spied on the phone conversations of German chancellor Angela Merkel. The disclosure prompted the German chancellor to call US President Barack Obama to seek reassurance that her phone calls were no more targeted by US spying.
Reports of the US spying have stirred outrage in the countries that have been the target of the spying operations.
In Iran the sense of suspicion and distrust toward the US runs deep and is shared by political elites and ordinary people, alike. In early October, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called the US administration unreliable, supercilious, illogical and faithless.
This sense was created 60 years ago when the CIA orchestrated a coup that toppled the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosadeq in 1953 and reinstated the dictatorial rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi which lasted for more than two decades until it was brought to an end by the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
After the victory of the Islamic Revolution, which brought an end to cozy relationship between the US and Iran, the American officials directed their wrath at the nascent Islamic system and made every effort to topple it, and for this purpose turned their Tehran embassy into the headquarters of anti-revolutionary forces and used it to spy on the Iranian officials and to hatch plots against the system.
Recent revelations of spying and phone tapping by the US against many countries -- even its close allies -- carried out in large parts in its diplomatic missions, vindicate the Iranian nation's assertions that the US embassy in Tehran was a "den of espionage."