'Death to America' heard on streets in Iran on anniversary of US Embassy seizure

'Death to America' heard on streets in Iran on anniversary of US Embassy seizure
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Chants of “death to America” were reportedly heard on Iranian streets around the old U.S. Embassy on Monday, which marked the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Iran hostage crisis. 

Marches and rallies were being held in 1,000 communities across Iran, Reuters reported, citing state television that reportedly showed crowds packing the streets around the old embassy. 

“Our fight with America is over our independence, over not submitting to bullying, over values, beliefs and our religion,” army chief Maj. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi said in a speech at the rally outside the former embassy, according to Reuters. 

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Iran’s parliament voted to initially approve a requirement for school books to inform students about “America’s crimes,” and lawmakers also chanted “death to America,” according to Reuters. 

The 1979 takeover of the embassy led to a 444-day hostage crisis, a seminal even in the history of both nations.

In the last two years, tensions with Iran have escalated since President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE removed the United States from a nuclear deal that was negotiated by the Obama administration.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Sunday vowed that his nation will not budge on its prohibition of negations with the U.S. 

“Those who believe that negotiations with the enemy will solve our problems are 100 percent wrong,” he said, according to Reuters, which cited Iranian state TV.