Iranians marked the anniversary of the hostile takeover of the US embassy by burning American flags and an effigy of President Donald Trump, while chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

Several thousand Iranians gathered outside the former US embassy in Tehran on Saturday to mark its takeover by students and the hostage crisis that followed.

The demonstrators commemorated the event by burning American flags as well as an effigy of President Donald Trump and chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

Iran displayed a surface-to-surface missile as part of the events, amid uncertainty about its nuclear deal with world powers.

It was the first time Iran displayed a missile during the annual gathering.

Hundreds of Iranian students stormed the US Embassy following the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled US-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. They took 52 Americans hostage for 444 days after Washington refused to hand over the Shah, who was in the U.S.

State TV said similar celebrations were being held in other Iranian cities and towns.

Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the country’s Supreme National Security Council, addressed the crowd, saying Iran will make any sanctions imposed by the US “ineffective” even as the US targets Iran’s economic, nuclear and defensive power.

Shamkhani, alluding to Trump’s threats against North Korea, said even US allies know that Trump “has no power to realize his bluffs, against Iran, too.” He called the US the “eternal enemy” of Iran.

The former embassy in Tehran is now a cultural center while standing as a symbol of a US defeat for many Iranians. Many Iranians call it the “den of spies.”

The US cut its diplomatic relations with Iran following the embassy takeover and has had no diplomatic relations since.

By: AP and United with Israel Staff

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