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Protesters also stomped on images of Obama and burned the U.S. flag. Others carried well-known banners reading "We trample America under our feet" and "The U.S. is the Great Satan." One image showed Obama in a wrestling uniform with Star of David earrings, symbolizing Israel.
On Sunday, Khamenei appeared to chide hard-liners by denouncing any attempts to undermine Iran's nuclear negotiators even as he praised Iranian militant students who stormed the U.S. Embassy in 1979 — reflecting his difficult balancing act between moderates and foes.
Diplomats "are on a difficult mission and nobody should weaken those who are on assignment," the official IRNA news agency quoted Khamenei, who has final say on all matters of state, as telling a group of students.
Outside the former embassy's brick walls — covered with anti-U.S. murals — students carried a model of a centrifuge used in uranium enrichment. A slogan on it read: "Result of resistance against sanctions: 18,000 active centrifuges in Iran."
Protester Mohsen Rajabi said Iran should never expect the U.S. to compromise with Iran.
"These are lies," he said during Monday's rally. "These are tricks to hinder our progress."