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Iranian hard-line students unveil anti-American plaque at gate of former US Embassy

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TEHRAN, Iran — More than a dozen hard-line Iranian students have unveiled an anti-American plaque at the gate of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

The plaque unveiled Wednesday by the Basij paramilitary forces carries a list of condemnations of America uttered by the Islamic republic's late founder, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. During the gathering, the students set fire to U.S., British and Israeli flags.

Iran and the U.S have had no diplomatic relations since 1979, when Iranian students stormed the embassy and took 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

Hard-liners in Iran have stepped up displays of anti-American fervor since the signing of a landmark nuclear agreement with Washington and five world powers last month.

PHOTO: An Iranian student writes an anti-US slogan in Persian which reads: "Death to America" at the gate of the former US Embassy where an anti-US plaque was unveiled in a ceremony, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. More than a dozen hard-line Iranian students have unveiled an anti-American plaque at the gate of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The plaque unveiled Wednesday by the Basij paramilitary forces carries a list of condemnations of America uttered by the Islamic republic's late founder, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
An Iranian student writes an anti-US slogan in Persian which reads: "Death to America" at the gate of the former US Embassy where an anti-US plaque was unveiled in a ceremony, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. More than a dozen hard-line Iranian students have unveiled an anti-American plaque at the gate of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The plaque unveiled Wednesday by the Basij paramilitary forces carries a list of condemnations of America uttered by the Islamic republic's late founder, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

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PHOTO: Iranian students burn representations of the British and US flag during a ceremony unveiling an anti-US plaque at the gate of the former US Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. More than a dozen hard-line Iranian students have unveiled an anti-American plaque at the gate of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The plaque unveiled Wednesday by the Basij paramilitary forces carries a list of condemnations of America uttered by the Islamic republic's late founder, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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