The U.S. richly deserved the 1979 takeover of its embassy in Iran, said the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting in an editorial. The place was a "den of espionage," where the Americans were planning a coup to topple the Iranian government. Remember, the U.S. had a long history of "hostile policies and historic interference" in other nations. It had already used its embassies to overthrow governments in Chile, Czechoslovakia, and Greece. Only the timely action by heroic Iranian students, who took the perfidious diplomats hostage for more than a year, prevented a similar coup here. That’s why every year we celebrate the anniversary of the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran as "a day of combat against the world arrogance."
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