Monday, August 31, 2015

Iranians erase ‘Death to America’ graffiti on wall of former U.S. Embassy

By Ishaan Tharoor August 31 at 11:10 AM, WashPost

Reports in Iranian state media over the weekend appeared to show a handful of Iranian men painting over anti-American graffiti on the wall of what was once the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

The removal of the "Death to America" slogan from the side of a very sensitive political site may be a sign, the Jersualem Post muses, of "a new era." A majority of Iranians support the nuclear deal reached in July between Iran and world powers, which could eventually lead to a wider rapprochement with Washington.

Diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States were formally severed in April 1980, five months after militant supporters of the 1979 Islamic revolution ransacked the U.S. Embassy and took Americans hostage, holding them for more than a year. The building is now preserved as sort of museum to the revolution, replete with a host of plaques and signs decrying U.S. imperialism, as well as wax statues of American officials plotting their sabotage.

After rounds of negotiations between Iran and its Western interlocutors yielded a definitive nuclear agreement in July, European governments and companies have swiftly sought to bolster ties with Iran and sniff out new opportunities within its huge domestic market, soon to be unshackled from a host of international sanctions.

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