Tens of thousands of people, many shouting "Death to America," gathered in Tehran to mark the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy following the Islamic Revolution.
Observers say Monday's rally is the largest crowd in years at the annual event, which is held on the site of the former U.S. compound. Hardline conservatives had called for a major showing to protest President Hassan Rouhani's historic outreach to Washington.
A 15-minute telephone conversation after the U.N. general assembly between U.S. President Barack Obama and hsi Iranian counterpart, Rouhani, in September was the first direct contact between the two countries' top leadership in over three decades.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has voiced support for President Rouhani's overtures to the West, but says some of the president's moves were "not appropriate."
Islamist students stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran 34 years ago and held 52 embassy staff members hostage for 444 days, rupturing diplomatic relations and provoking decades of mutual hostility.
President Rouhani, who took office in August, has made several gestures toward the U.S. in the hope of easing Western sanctions imposed on Iran for pursuing a controversial nuclear program.
His gestures have drawn deep skepticism from Iranian ultra-conservatives who view the U.S. as an arch-enemy and oppose making concessions on Iran's nuclear activities. Western powers accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under cover of a civilian energy program, a charge Tehran denies.
Iran's Hardliners: Weaker But Louder - News media accounts of reactions from Iran to the recent talks in Geneva remind me of a joke that has gone viral there: A salesman shows a variety of hearing aids ranging in cost from one to a thousand dollars to a customer, who then asks, "How well does the one dollar one work?" The salesman responds, "It doesn't work at all! But, people speak louder when they see you wearing it." -Ali Reza Eshraghi 10/24/13
Rooz Talks With Mohsen Gharavian: Majority of Iranians Want Relations With the US - Cleric Mohsen Gharavian told Rooz that according to polls conducted on Iran-US relations, the majority have a positive view of establishing relations with the US and that Hassan Rowhani's efforts are in line with the wishes and trust of the Iranian people and those of the supreme leader. -Fereshteh Ghazi 10/24/13
Iran's Hard-Liners Fight To Defend Enmity With U.S. - In the past few days, new banners have popped up around Iran's capital. They show an Iranian government negotiator sitting across a table from an American government negotiator wearing a suit with army pants and boots with a shotgun in his lap under the table. 10/24/13
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