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Iran hardliners mark U.S. embassy raid with fresh warning

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Thousands of Iranians rallied to celebrate the anniversary of the 1979 hostage-taking at the U.S. embassy on Wednesday, as hardliners cited Western "infiltration" following a landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

President Hassan Rouhani, however, in remarks highlighting division between moderates and hardliners, criticised the arrest of at least two journalists, the latest in a series of detentions also including dissident writers and artists.

"We should not arrest people without reason, making up cases against them and say they are a part of an infiltration network," Rouhani told a cabinet meeting.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the abandoned U.S. Embassy in Tehran chanting "death to America" and telling Iran's foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator, Mohammad Javad Zarif, "Don't trust the Americans."