MP Says Americans Should Apologize to Iran for Mending Fences
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A prominent Iranian parliamentarian said on Monday that people expect the United States to apologize to Iran for the past crimes it has committed against the nation and to try to make up for its mistakes.
“Our argument with the Americans is that they should apologize to the Iranian nation for the crimes the committed against us and the losses they inflicted on the country and try to make up for them. But their current behavior does not show this," said the Deputy Chairman of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mansour Haqiqatpour.
"The crimes and losses of the US and its allies against our nation cannot be easily indemnified. They should have come to this conclusion that the aversion of the Iranian nation to them has been on the rise rather than decline," he added.
"We passed a law in parliament that requires the US to compensate Iran for the losses they have inflicted on the country and want it to come into effect."
The MP made the remark during his participation in the November 4 nationwide rallies in Tehran, marking the anniversary of the seizure of the US embassy by revolutionary university students back in 1979.
On November 4, 1979, 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 seized 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.
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."