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Inside the former U.S. Embassy in Iran

Published 1521 GMT (2321 HKT) June 30, 2015
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The former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, where anti-Americanism raged and hostages taken in 1979 were held for 444 days, is now an Islamic cultural center and a propaganda museum of sorts for the Islamic Revolution. CNN visited the site as negotiations over Iran's nuclear program went down to the wire. Thomas Evans/CNN
"We will make America face severe defeat," Iran's late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini vowed -- a quote displayed on the entrance gate. Thomas Evans/CNN
A mural painted on the walls inside depicts the U.S. invasion of neighboring Iraq. Thomas Evans/CNN
CNN camerawoman Claudia Otto films the "glass room" -- a soundproof room built by the Americans to prevent eavesdropping. Thomas Evans/CNN
Looted U.S. Embassy equipment is on display along with photographs of weapons found and the female hostages who were waiting to hear of their release. Thomas Evans/CNN
The embassy's communications room included equipment that was considered state-of-the-art in 1979. Thomas Evans/CNN
A small annex room is where the Iranians believe the Americans used to forge documents. Thomas Evans/CNN