National Archives This is historical material “frozen in time”. The website is no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages may not work.

Forty years ago today, Iranian militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 50 Americans hostage for 444 days.  Today, we honor the victims of this brazen act.  The Iranian regime continues to target innocent civilians for use as pawns in its failed foreign relations.  Until Iran changes this and its other hostile behavior, we will continue to impose crippling sanctions.  The Iranian regime has a choice.  Instead of being the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, it can put the Iranian people first.  It can choose peace over hostage taking, assassinations, sabotage, maritime hijacking, and attacks on global oil markets.  The United States seeks peace, and we support the Iranian people.  It is time for the Iranian regime to do the same.