A group of American hostages wave to newsmen as they arrive at Algiers airport from Tehran, Jan. 21, 1981. From left: Barry Rosen, Donald Cooke, Kathryn Koob, and two unidentified. (AP Photo/David Caulkin)

President Trump warned Iran on Saturday that if it retaliated against the U.S. for killing Gen. Qasem Soleimani — one of Iran's highest-level military figures — it would come to deeply regret it.

"Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge," Trump wrote. "Let this serve as a warning that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago)."

In making such bellicose threats, Trump has reopened deep-seated wounds from the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979-81.

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Dorothea Morefield was sipping coffee at her kitchen counter when a call came in: Iranian students protesting outside the U.S. embassy in Tehran had stormed the building, a State Department official told her. Her husband Richard, the U.S. consul general in Tehran, was caught in the frenzy.

The world, Morefield said, stopped on that day: Nov. 4, 1979.

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