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TV Journalist Makes Rare Visit to Former US Embassy in Tehran

By Maryam Manzoori, VOA

WASHINGTON - American journalists made a rare visit to the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Monday. CNN’s Jim Sciutto, who was among the journalists, tweeted “Getting the rare chance today to explore the inside of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran. A living museum piece.”

Young Woman Strolls Past Facade of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran
Photo by Adam Jones, 2012

Sciutto, who arrived in Tehran on January 23, is in Iran to report on the impact of U.S. sanctions on average Iranians and to interview Iranian officials, including foreign minister Javad Zarif.

In another tweet from a Tehran hospital, Sciutto said he met a patient who told him she was not getting the best chemotherapy medicines because of the sanctions.

He has posted several photos taken in different parts of Tehran, including shots of anti-U.S. murals on the embassy compound.

Often referred to as a “nest of spies," the embassy currently serves as a militia base and houses an anti-American museum.

Iran and the U.S. have not had diplomatic relations since 1979. The Swiss Embassy in Tehran represents U.S. interests.

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Last October, a group of foreign journalists visited the former embassy in the run up to the anniversary of the November 4, 1979 hostage taking, according to the New York Times.

VOA’s Persian service and reporter Matthew Hilburn contributed to this report.

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