Iran marked the 38th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Saturday by displaying a missile and holding anti-U.S. demonstrations.
Iran's supreme leader blasted President Donald Trump's harsh condemnation of his country last month, and emphasized his commitment to resisting US attempts to renegotiate a multilateral nuclear treaty and to defending his country's reputation from accusations by Washington. A number of Iranian officials have responded to Trump's controversial move with outrage, and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's top authority, attacked the USA president for aiming his rhetoric at Iran as a whole, rather than just its leadership.
Last month, Trump declined to certify Iran's compliance with the agreement - under which Iran curbed uranium enrichment in exchange for relief from global sanctions.
The diplomatic building was stormed by militant students following the 1979 revolution which toppled the US-backed Shah. The rally, which commemorates the students who led the takeover of the building on September 3, 1979, also served as a unified denouncement of USA -imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
"Such foolish words reveal that the Americans are not only an enemy to the leadership and government of Iran, but they are hostile to the very existence of a tireless nation that has for decades stood against them", Khamenei told a group of students Thursday, according to Iran's semi-official Mehr News Agency.
Mr Shamkhani, alluding to Mr Trump's threats against North Korea, said even United States allies know that Mr Trump "has no power to realise his bluffs, against Iran, too".
Tighter security was handled by Iranian police and the hard-line Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. It was the first time Iran displayed a missile during the annual gathering.
"The United States must convince Iran that its security would be enhanced through regional arms control".
Since the 1979 takeover of the USA mission by Iranian students, which followed the overthrow of the then US -backed shah, or king, in Iran, Iranians have been marking the occasion every year by holding rallies on the anniversary dubbed as "National Day against the Global Arrogance". "The enmity with America will continue and our resistance will as well". It appeared to be an effort by Iranian authorities to contrast its missile programme against those of countries like North Korea, which now uses its arsenal to threaten the United States.
"I wish the hostility between the two countries would end as soon as possible because we are suffering from it", said Hasan Mahmoudi, a shopkeeper near the embassy.