Friday, 22 February, 2019

Iranians take to streets for Islamic Revolution's 40th anniversary

A big flag of Iran waving in the wind in Tehran A big flag of Iran waving in the wind in Tehran
Ellis Copeland | 12 February, 2019, 02:09

US National Security Adviser John Bolton, who in 2017 expressed hope Iran's "revolution will not reach its 40th birthday", tweeted that after four decades the "Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to fulfill its promises to uphold and safeguard the rights of its citizens".

U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers past year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran, dealing a blow to the country's economy.

In his address on Tehran's Azadi Square, Rohani said the "enemy will never reach its evil objectives", vowing that Iran will defeat US sanctions.

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 came as Iranians face mounting economic hardships.

Ceremonies were held across Iran today to observe the anniversary of the fall of the Shah and the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shiite cleric who led the coup.

Earlier this month the U.S. vowed to pressure Iran to curtail its missile program after the Islamic Republic unveiled a new ballistic missile with a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and tested a new cruise missile, both capable of reaching targets in Israel.

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".

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"US should take note: REAL Iranians never succumb to diktats".

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

But he remained defiant on Monday as Iranians recalled the end of a monarch who catered to the rich.

"We will not let America become victorious - Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties, but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", he said in a speech.

"The United States does not have the courage to shoot a single bullet at us despite all its defensive and military assets". One had the face of Trump and the other the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Iranian Government said the event saw "epic attendance" across the nation, with reports crowds numbered in the hundreds of thousands.

Today, the United States, its Arab allies and Israel are trying to counter Tehran's growing influence in the Middle East, where it has proxies in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

Javani, the deputy for the IRGC political bureau, was speaking at a rally marking the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, when the US-backed monarchy was overthrown and replaced in power by Islamic fundamentalists.

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