Iran Marks 40th Anniversary of Revolution

12 February, 2019, 02:08 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

One banner read: 'Much to the dismay of America, the revolution has reached its 40th year'.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran are high after the United States withdrew from an global nuclear deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions, and re-imposed sanctions that have hurt the Iranian economy.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday laid historical claims to a number of Arabian Gulf countries without naming them.

Ballistic missile capabilities were on show during the main march, including the Qadr F, a ground-to-ground missile with a range of 1,950 km., according to Tasnim news agency.

The large turnout in state-sponsored rallies, in which USA and Israeli flags were burned, came as Iranians face mounting economic hardships many blame on the country's clerical leaders.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians held nation-wide rallies on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of the Shah and the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi'ite cleric who led an Islamic Revolution that rattles the West to this day.

Iranian political and military officials have also attended the rallies along with other people to rejoice at the auspicious ceremony.

"I do not ignore the Iranian regime's threats, but I'm not impressed by them, either", Netanyahu said in a taped statement.

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U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that the Iranian government had let down its people.

He also blasted a US "conspiracy" against the country, saying, "The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran. means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives". But he remained defiant as Iranians recalled the end of a monarch who catered to the rich and unleashed secret police on dissenters.

In January, Mr Rouhani said Iran was facing its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled.

Iranians burn flags of the United States during commemorations of the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution in the capital Tehran on February 11, 2019. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took note and responded: try it, and it will be the last Revolution Day the Iranians will ever celebrate.

"The US should know that we would raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground in the event of a military attack on us", General Yadollah Javani, head of the guard's political bureau, was quoted as saying. "They must leave the region", said Brig.

"At the revolution's 40 anniversary we are on top of scientific achievements like nanotechnology or accurate missiles", he said.

Today, Iran enjoys influence through proxies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, raising concerns in Sunni Saudi Arabia, which accuses its rival of trying to dominate the Middle East. Tehran denies the allegations.

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