2. Mid of sign reading (English): "Down with USA "
3. Wide of building with mock US flag with skulls in stead of flag stars and rockets instead of red stripes, traffic in foreground
4. Close-up of picture on wall, showing fist holding the globe with wristband made of American and Israeli flags
5. Wide of sign reading (Farsi): "America is the most resented government in the world", with picture of fist holding globe, people passing by
6. Poster depicting Iranian flag next to Statue of Liberty burning, sign reading (Farsi): "Down with USA "
7. Painting on wall with sign reading (Farsi/English): "We will make America a severe defeat", cars passing in foreground
FILE: Tehran, 2006
8. Wide of crowd chanting (Farsi): "Down with America " in front of former US embassy on anniversary of US embassy seizure in 1979
9. Protesters chanting slogans and holding banners mocking US
10. Protesters burning flags of United States and Israel
17 July 2008
11. Close-up of newspapers headline reading (Farsi): "America's envoy to participate in Jalili-Solana talks"
12. Piles of newspapers displayed on street
13. SOUNDBITE: (Farsi) Habib Zadeh, Tehran resident:
"It is much better that this time we will have a direct talk with a representative from America. It could be very constructive and both sides can have an honest discussion, they can speak easily about whatever they want without threat and move toward peace."
14. Close-up of newspapers headline reading (Farsi): "Retreat once gain, America: we will participate in Geneva negotiations"
15. Wide of people in front of newspaper stand
16. SOUNDBITE: (Farsi) Ghaderian, (no first name given), Tehran resident:
"Of course it is so positive that Iran is going to speak directly with America after 30 years and this vacuum will be filled after this period. It can bring positive achievements for Iran. However, Iran should not be in a passive position. Iran and the US should both talk to reach a common point."
Tehran residents on Thursday welcomed US plans to attend talks with Iran on its disputed nuclear programme.
The US State Department's third-ranking diplomat, Ambassador William Burns, will join other world powers at the Saturday talks in Geneva, Switzerland with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, a break with past Bush administration policy.
It will be the first time such a high-ranking US official has attended such talks.
The White House and the US State Department on Wednesday maintained that the decision to send a top diplomat to talks with an Iranian negotiator was not a change in policy.
Habib Zadeh, a Tehran resident, said that "it is much better that this time we will have a direct talk with a representative from America."
"It could be very constructive and both sides can have an honest discussion, they can speak easily about whatever they want without threat and move toward peace," he added.
This view was echoed by another Tehran resident.
"Of course it is so positive that Iran is going to speak directly with America after 30 years and this vacuum will be filled after this period. It can bring positive achievements for Iran," Ghaderian, who only gave his last name, said.
However, he stressed that Iran "should not be in a passive position".
"Iran and the US should both talk to reach a common point," he said.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hinted on Tuesday that in the near future, his country would hold direct talks with US and that a request for installing a US diplomatic base in Iran could be reviewed.
US contact with Iran has recently been limited only to discussions about the security situation in Iraq, where Washington accuses Iran of supporting insurgents.
The two countries have not had diplomatic relations since the hostage crisis at the US Embassy in Tehran after the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran
Every year, protesters gather in front of the former US embassy to commemorate its seizure and anti-American feeling is reflected by the urban landscape with anti-US images painted on walls throughout the capital.
At the meeting to be held on Saturday by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, Iran is expected to give a definitive answer to incentives offered to Tehran last month by the United States and five other nations in exchange for its suspension of activities that can produce the ingredients needed for a nuclear bomb.
Burns will also restate a US offer for formal negotiations with Iran if it suspends uranium enrichment and reprocessing.