35 Years after Takeover of Embassy in Tehran,
(CNSNews.com) — Iranian officials reiterated their belief that America is “still the great Satan” as they urged people to attend massive rallies on November 4 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, which in Iran is called the “National Day against the Global Arrogance.”
On Sunday, the Iranian Defense Ministry issued a statement saying: “In compliance with the will of the late Imam Khomeini and the wise guidelines of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei], the Iranian nation still sees the U.S. as the number one enemy of the Islamic Revolution.
“The Iranian nation does not allow the arrogant front and the enemies of the Islamic Republic to make any [hostile] move by maintaining its unity, national integrity and empathy as well as supporting active, wise and revolutionary diplomacy, and it will give a hard and repenting lesson to them in case they [Iran’s enemies] make any miscalculations,” the statement threatened.
It went on to condemn the economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and call for “the prosecution, trial and punishment of the White House leaders for their crimes against Iran in the nuclear talks over the past decades.”
A similar statement was made by the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC):”The U.S. is still the great Satan and the number one enemy of the [Islamic] revolution and the Islamic Republic and the Iranian nation.”
Echoing Khamenei, the IRGC said that “contemplation on the bitter realities of today, specially the ISIL and Takfiri plots in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon more than any time before shows that the U.S. is the house of the world’s plots and corruption that never intends to compromise and have real friendship with a popular and independent system that manifests the powerful existence of the beloved Islam.”
A takfiri is a Muslim who accuses another Muslim of apostasy.
This statement was released on the same weekend that Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian met with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende in Tehran where Abdollahian further criticized the U.S., saying: “The U.S. made a mistake in forming the illegal coalition against the ISIL,” claiming the coalition “expanded the activities of the Takfiri terrorists in the region.”
Both statements were issued leading up to the anniversary of Ashoura, a Shiite-Muslim holiday marking the victory of Muharram, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the Battle of Karbala 14 centuries ago.