"With resistance and perseverance, and with God's grace, our nation has achieved its nuclear right and our enemies are applying their last useless attempts (to stop Iran). Now we have more important rights to retrieve from now on."
15. Wide pan of students listening to Pourmohammadi at rally
Thousands of Iranians demonstrated in the capital Tehran on Sunday to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy by militant students.
Protesters, including elementary school students, gathered outside the former U.S. Embassy, chanting anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli slogans.
"We came here to say that we are dissatisfied with the unilateral policies of America and Israel in the world. We are here just to shout death to America," said student Hossein Mehra Afar.
The 1979 takeover, which occurred during Iran's Islamic revolution, severely damaged relations between the two countries.
The 52 Americans who were held hostage during the crisis were returned after 444 days, but the U.S. cut off diplomatic ties with Iran to protest the incident.
Current relations between the two countries continue to be incredibly tense, with the U.S. accusing Iran of supporting Shiite militias in Iraq and covertly developing nuclear weapons - charges Tehran denies.
The U.S. is pushing for a new round of U.N. Security Council sanctions to force Iran to suspend uranium
enrichment, which can produce fuel for a nuclear reactor or fissile material for a bomb.
Two previous sets of U.N. sanctions have failed to persuade Iran to alter its behaviour.
"With resistance and perseverance, and with God's grace, our nation has achieved its nuclear right and our enemies are applying their last useless attempts (to stop Iran). Now we have more important rights to retrieve from now on," Iran's Interior Minister, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, told the rally.