They will pay for this…
The White House just responded to reports that thousands of Iranians chanted “death to America” on the 40th anniversary of the takeover of the American Embassy by hardcore militants.
“Thousands of Iranians chanted “Death to America” near the old U.S. embassy on Monday, the 40th anniversary on the seizure of the mission, with the country’s army chief comparing the United States with a poisonous scorpion intent on harming Iran.
State television showed crowds packing the streets around the former mission, dubbed the “den of spies” after Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution. Marches and rallies were being held in some 1,000 communities across the country, state media said.
Hardline Islamist students stormed the embassy soon after the fall of the U.S.-backed shah, and 52 Americans were held hostage there for 444 days. The two countries have been enemies ever since.
“Our fight with America is over our independence, over not submitting to bullying, over values, beliefs and our religion,” army chief Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said in a speech at the rally outside the former embassy.
“They (Americans) will continue their hostilities, like the proverbial poisonous scorpion whose nature it is to sting and cannot be stopped unless it is crushed,” Mousavi said in remarks carried by state TV.”
Here is the official White House response, in full:
“Forty years ago today, Iranian militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 50 Americans hostage for 444 days. Today, we honor the victims of this brazen act.
The Iranian regime continues to target innocent civilians for use as pawns in its failed foreign relations.
Until Iran changes this and its other hostile behavior, we will continue to impose crippling sanctions.
The Iranian regime has a choice.
Instead of being the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, it can put the Iranian people first.
It can choose peace over hostage taking, assassinations, sabotage, maritime hijacking, and attacks on global oil markets.
The United States seeks peace, and we support the Iranian people. It is time for the Iranian regime to do the same.”
Src: The Federalist Papers