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Lawmakers Say Iran Won't Abandon 'Death To America' Slogan


A large majority of Iranian legislators say the Islamic republic is "not at all prepared" to abandon the slogan of "Death to America" despite a landmark nuclear deal signed with six world powers.

In a statement carried by state news agency IRNA on November 2, 192 members of the 290-member parliament described the slogan, chanted at the weekly Friday Prayers in mosques and at rallies, as "the symbol of the Islamic republic and all struggling nations."

The statement was issued two days before Iran commemorates the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by radical Islamic students that led to a break in bilateral diplomatic relations.

Under the July nuclear accord, sanctions against Iran will be gradually lifted in return for Tehran imposing curbs on nuclear activities.

Based on reporting by AFP
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