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    Iran's Supreme Leader Explains 'Death to America' Chant
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    In this Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 file picture released by the office of Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the country's diplomats in Tehran. Iran's supreme leader says the slogan "Death to America" is not aimed at the American people, but rather American policies. Khamenei's website says Tuesday he made the comment while meeting with Iranian students ahead of the anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979.

    Those "Death to America" chants often shouted in Iran? They're not about what you might think, according to Iran's supreme leader, NBC News reported. 

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that the slogan — a frequent feature of anti-American rallies in Iran — was aimed at the U.S. government and not its people.

    "Your 'Death to America' slogan, and the cries by the Iranian nation, have strong logical support behind them," he told Iranian students in Tehran, according to The Associated Press. "Obviously by 'Death to America', we don't mean death to the American people. The American nation is just like the rest of the nations. It ... means death to U.S. policies and its arrogance."

    Relations between the U.S. and Iran have improved somewhat under current President Hassan Rouhani and with the announcement of a nuclear deal this summer.