The head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization highlighted the importance of rallies due to be held on November 4, the anniversary of US Tehran embassy takeover, and said the day should be commemorated as a symbol of fight against US-Israeli-Saudi “triangle of terrorism”.
“The 13th day of the Iranian month of Aban (which this year falls on November 4) should be commemorated as the day of confrontation with the US, which is the manifestation of terrorism,” Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali said, addressing a congregation of worshippers here in Tehran on Friday.
He further described Washington, Tel Aviv, and Riyadh as “three sides of the triangle of terrorism in the world” and said the three are creating, directing, using, and supporting terrorist groups.
The official further pointed to the US sanctions due to be re-imposed against Iran on November 4, and said, “Today, the enemy has begun a new phase of confrontation with us, in which we are faced with a combination of threats including psychological operations using the media, cognitive operations to influence the people through economic warfare, and the imposition of sanctions and the attempt to insecure Iran.”
In the capital city of Tehran, the rally to mark the anniversary of the landmark move is held at the venue of the former US embassy, which is known by Iranians as “Den of Espionage”.
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 who called themselves “students following the line of (the late) Imam (Khomeini)” seized the US embassy in Tehran, which 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 Republic.
Every year on the 13th day of the Iranian month of Aban, the Iranian nation, particularly students, hold rallies across the country to mark the day.
Meanwhile, the US government has decided to re-impose what it calls crippling sanctions on Iran on November 4 this year.
On May 8, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
The White House has also announced plans to drive Iranian oil exports down to zero and launch a campaign of “maximum economic and diplomatic pressure” on Iran.