Iran marks USA embassy siege on eve of sanctions

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Iranian students stormed the embassy shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, taking 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

"Mr. Trump! Do not ever threaten Iran", Major General Jafari said in a gathering of demonstrators marking the anniversary of U.S. embassy takeover in Tehran on Sunday.

The Trump administration has worked to crush Tehran's oil exports to zero since May, when Mr. Trump withdrew the USA from the multilateral deal endorsed by the Obama administration that eased global sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran's suspect nuclear programs.

On Friday, the Trump administration announced the restoration of sanctions on Iran's shipping, financial and energy sectors, the second batch of penalties to be restored.

Iranian state media said millions turned out for rallies in most cities and towns around the country, swearing allegiance to the clerical establishment and its hardline authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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"Never threaten Iran", he warned US President Donald Trump, describing him as America´s "strange president". The other signatories remain committed to the accord.

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This year´s 39th anniversary fell just hours before Washington was set to reimpose sanctions - including an oil embargo - following its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal earlier this year.

"We can assure our people that the enemy will not be able to carry out its threats against our country", IRNA quoted Habibollah Sayyari, the coordinating officer, as saying. The U.S. cut off diplomatic relations in response.

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"It's black humour but the audience can also be brought to reflect on the contradictions in the behaviour of Trump and Al Saud", he said, standing in front of a cartoon showing an old wheelchair-bound figure dressed like a comic-book superhero.

The restoration of US sanctions on Monday targeting Iran's oil sales and banking sector is part of an effort by Trump to force Iran to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes outright, as well as its support for proxy forces in conflicts across the Middle East.

"America's goal has been to re-establish the domination it had (before 1979) but it has failed".

Pointing to United States soldiers' "whimper of fear" in their encounter with Iran and the high number of American veterans who commit suicide because of depression, the IRGC chief said the U.S. power is on the wane.

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