Watch: Muhammad Lila Skypes in from Tehran

Muhammad Lila gets a rare look at the embassy compound 34 years after the hostage crisis.
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Transcript for Watch: Muhammad Lila Skypes in from Tehran
This is a special group. -- -- and I'm Devin Dwyer in New York with this ABC news digital special report anger resentment and for some hatred inside Iran. 34 years after the hostage crisis in the -- on the US embassy anti American sentiment still resonated strongly in that country. Thousands of protesters today burning US flags they compound of the former US embassy in -- -- Is now filled with anti American slogans you see them there -- run. Refers to it as the den of spies ABC's Mohammed -- has been doing some amazing reporting inside Iran for the past week. He got to take a look inside that compound and joins us now live via Skype. -- it's great to have you with us this photos you took which we've been looking out on our live blog on abcnews.com. Some pretty fascinating stuff. Yeah absolutely you know you -- -- and you don't know what to expect. And die Edison the first thing that you see when you go -- not -- anything on the walls. There's actually an American and an Israeli flag that are painted right on the ground right on the -- Leading to the embassy and the reason Iranians done that is because. No it actually entered that compound and -- literally step on the American and Israeli flags. So they're not being very subtle in their message track -- all it's very clear. They want visitors to go to that you know when it's open anyways they want visitors to go to that former -- compound. And understand the Ukrainian point of -- very clearly. -- you've got unprecedented access to this compound on the anniversary and it's now a museum essentially right. It's it's a museum it's it's weird place because it's a museum but it's only open for a few days a year but on that same. Sort of that. -- building is a museum. But the wider compound the wider conflicts -- there -- trees and grassy areas. They've turned it into an Iranian cultural complex and I have an apartment complexes well isn't used by Iran's paramilitary -- each. -- so it's kind of like a multi function place -- the Iranians are really trying to put his stamp on an area and say this is ours and -- use it to represented our point of view. Give us a sense of the sentiment of the people that you've been talking to -- been visiting whether we're pretty diverse cross section of Iranian society where you've been there this week. And from what I understand there seems to be something of a disconnect between how they view America and some of the things you actually saw inside that museum. Sure religious preface this by saying you know we've seen. Things in Iran that it wasn't expecting this. We hung out with underground musicians. Performing -- rock bands -- hung out with skateboarders. We've hung out with ordinary Iranians like love birds -- and -- in. You'd expect to see in western countries particularly North America we found these things were alive and well would you run for example. You know we talk about politics all time. One of the things have been trying to do maybe outside of today is that your development today with stay away from the dreaded you ringing and -- which is you know their nuclear program. I just talked or an eerie -- means about how life is doing their social status you know cultural issues that they're facing. On an assurance -- as we treat Iran as those of monolith all of us journalists make this statements. Where -- say okay all Iranians are against America. What we can't quite find that we didn't see people that were and saying you know we don't like America we don't like Americans and -- person. Every person I spoke to said well we actually have no hatred towards American people. The skateboarders for example said hey -- if -- American skateboarders came here and we just boarded together. So it shows that there's no -- -- -- -- bossy when it comes -- sort of a personal level between Americans and Iranians. When he comes to the government level. Is there be very different even the most liberal Iranians that we -- hearsay that they're open to negotiations with United States provided. States treats them -- And that's the very least bring it here feel like a sort of been treated as second class citizens by the world community. And they say listen. The ones that we talked to say they support peace they want peace but only if it means they'll be treated as equal partners in the peace process. And truthfully most of the -- we spoke to said they don't feel like you being treated as equal partners. And they expect the first step to be taken up by Iran -- by the United States. It's -- hear you talk about that personal affinity that many kind of average Iranians have for America for Americans. It sounds like you've been treated quite well when you've been there but how do you reconcile that with some of the pictures were seen today. These demonstrations death to America being chanted -- in many places and certainly presented in sermons still 34 years after. The embassy was storm party reconcile those two things. Well let me give you an example on Friday it reminds you Tehran's biggest Friday prayer service there were several thousand people in attendance. Another person who leads that -- -- the person gives the sermon is actually hand picked by the office of the Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah holiday. So it's it's kind of chose the very hard line a sentiment that -- current prevailing certainly higher levels of government. All or the sentiment that was -- -- for a number of years. We were there are filming the entire thing you know I -- advantage that. I get mistaken for a raining quite a lot just because of the -- -- looking maybe because of any Mohammed so I was able to blend in very easily. We we -- there's people chanting death to America death to Israel over and over again. I think -- one prayer service which lasted maybe 45 minutes we heard the chant death to America. Between ten and fifteen Thompson. And -- -- -- from an American network looking around wondering just what's gonna happen when these guys find no rant from. We went outside -- there's an impromptu -- -- more people chanting death to America. Very very interesting observation first. I was you know there's a large group around me maybe twenty or thirty people. I asked them for show of hands as to how many -- you support. Negotiating. And meeting directly with the United States -- vote -- MMI that was president Roh hide he Iran's president. Meeting directly with President Obama I asked for a show of hands. None of them raised their hands -- to the contrary. Instead of raising their hands they just started chanting death to America even louder. So there is a very hardline elements here that does not want that so -- to take place. You probe deeper. And this is my worry because you know we represent America when we're here we're ABC news where you know American. -- My concern was that they they would associate ordinary Americans with American policy but everyone has made it clear the way they see death to America. What date what they mean to say what they say they're trying to say -- death to American policy. Now of course. You know our viewers back in America won't see that distinction because when you see the American flag being burned. You don't make a distinction between the American government American policy the American people. It's a very deeply emotional reaction when you see that. We -- -- -- our country and an American values are under attack. If you're just joining us we're talking with ABC's Mohammed -- who's been reporting all week in Tehran Iran on this the 34 anniversary. There of the storming of the US embassy and that hostage crisis Mohammed want to ask you a little bit about to have every -- president every -- of course he -- here in the US just about a month and a half ago. Place that call the President Obama went back to Iran was criticized somewhat for it. As the anniversary is now taking place yet at what have you seen from him over there where does he stand on all this. What you -- today it was interesting because the hardliners the hardline conservative element in Iran which is a powerful force and domestic politics. Cold for thousands of their supporters to slip into the street. What we saw today's rally outside a former US embassy compound is one of the biggest rallies -- held in years. When you look at it the first instinct just say well eighties geyser you know they're the ones that are in charge. But there's no way to look at it which suggests that these -- actually feel like they're on the ropes and that's the tactical so many people out on the streets just have flex their muscles. And this is the challenge the president -- facing if you think back before president Ahmadinejad. And who many people here consider colossal failure. There was another reformist president power and reformist president and -- and the more common content. And he ran into obstacles when he was trying to push forward his reforms -- -- judiciary here is still controlled by hard line elements there are still several hardliners in parliament. And -- would block the reforms that he was trying to implement. President Hamid. Is starting to see some of those obstacles as well -- -- will try to block him as much as they can. The one key difference -- -- the -- difference. And you know ace ace in the hole at present honey this. Is it seems to have the support of Iran's supreme leader -- comedy just yesterday carbonate came out and very strongly in favor of negotiations. Criticizing. -- Part of this year that that doesn't -- those negotiations he refers Iranian diplomats negotiators as children of our country. And that no would have a right to criticize them. Because they're pursuing a path of peace several high hats -- -- in his back pocket. And without that support there's no way he be able to get done what he's trying to get done. The question is you know is the support of the supreme leader enough to hold that conservative element back. In order to push through those reforms that he's hoping to push -- And some of that charge if you will for -- honey from the supreme leader -- do something about these sanctions that the US and western countries have imposed on Iran we've heard so much about what they've done to. Iran's economy but I understand from your reporting that the impact of the sanctions isn't necessarily immediate when you travel around. You know I didn't. It is standards that you don't I'm not an economist and not someone who can look at you know Iranian economy what I can do is -- can simply report what -- -- And as he around Iraq specifically -- -- It does not to electricity to strip the sanctions I was -- -- rocked Baghdad in 2002 just before you know the second gulf war. And what you are on the are you knew there were sanctions mean there are sanctions on costs sanctions everything you can imagine and Iraqis were suffering. When -- on the streets to her and you do not get to -- we've been to grocery stores big grocery store small grocery stores un sanctions are not crippling. The best way to describe to me is that sanctions for a big inconvenience. In the past when -- -- suspend the law money. Okay now they're not spending as much when he used to -- a -- of imported -- not enough on so many imported goods on. So it's difficult to see you know the Iranian sanctions are crippling this country are being inconvenienced -- -- remains opposed to yes. Com but but you know this is not a way to survive in some cases the price there's no indication -- that's gonna change. This is fascinating stuff from -- we -- inside Iran and before -- let you -- my -- one applaud for everyone again to check out on abcnews.com. Our live blog from inside Iran some amazing pictures. Mohammed just got some exclusive access inside the -- US embassy compound. That was -- 34 years ago it's now something of a conspiracy theory museum and I want to ask you before -- let you go what struck you the most in their sounds like some pretty crazy stuff. That's a very good question I mean ukrainians were very meticulous in the way that they preserve certain things. And so when you go -- it's it's almost like walking through -- -- war -- equipment that was used baca. You know 34 years ago you see Golda. Old shredder is an old. -- -- old Padilla equipment -- -- were there were computers there. From 1970. Not. -- think about it. I think computers were used until mid 1980s. It's like forget about guitar you know those old computers this was like -- it's hard you know that was being used it still has a history -- -- -- chemical. But it wasn't expecting. Was the degree of conspiracy theories that exist there the Iranians are convinced that Clinton was an inside job. That is certainly -- Those expecting. And even some need to -- a picture you posted to Twitter we have on the web sites and -- Wax re creations of the US embassy staff including former ambassador and they're pretty -- -- check that out ABC's Mohammed -- in Tehran. Thank you so much for joining us stay safe out there actual work and in -- course you can keep up as we've said with all of -- adventures inside Iran right here and abcnews.com. For now I'm Devin Dwyer -- New York with this ABC news digital special report.

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