Defense Ministry: Iran Burst Hegemonic Bubble of US with Embassy Seizure

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – In a communique issued ahead of November 4 anniversary of US embassy seizure in 1979, Iranian Defense Ministry condemned the US for its incessant plots against the country and called on the people to mark the event with their massive presence.

Defense Ministry: Iran Burst Hegemonic Bubble of US with Embassy Seizure

The US has never relented in its hostility and animosity towards the Iranian nation in the last six decades and taken advantage of every opportunity to confront the country in every possible field, read part of the communique issued on Sunday.

The defense ministry refers to improvement of national unity and solidarity, a boost to the national might, and creation of an anti-hegemonic wave beyond the borders of the Islamic republic as some of the consequences of the US embassy seizure by the revolutionary university students over three decades ago.

“The collapse of the paper tiger of the White House and burst of the superpower bubble of the US which have become realities 34 years after the takeover of the embassy" are other results of the historic event, adds the statement.

It also urged people from all walks of life to mark the event with their massive presence.

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 who had taken control of 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.

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, give credence to the Iranian nation's assertions that the US embassy in Tehran was a "den of espionage."

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