As revolution turns 40, Iran taunts USA, vaunts military

As revolution turns 40, Iran taunts USA, vaunts military

Banners held by marchers or hung along the streets bore slogans including "Death to America", "Death to Israel", "we will trample on America", "40 years of challenge, 40 years of USA defeats".

Monday's celebrations in Tehran were also a backdrop to the military's display of Iranian-made missiles, which authorities showcase every year during anniversary celebrations.

"The United States does not have the courage to shoot a single bullet at us despite all its defensive and military assets".

Iran displayed its ballistic missile capabilities during a parade, including the Zolfaqar, a ground-to-ground missile with a 700 km (435 miles) range and the Qiam, with a range of 800 km, according to Tasnim news agency.

Rouhani also promised the crowds that Iran would overcome the economic hardship amid the country's spiraling economy and the newly imposed US sanctions.

In a speech at Tehran's Azadi square, President Hassan Rouhani dismissed US efforts to isolate Iran, saying USA sanctions could not break the Islamic Republic. "It has been moving forward over the past 40 years and making Iran stronger". Iranian state TV, which said millions participated in the celebrations, ran archive footage of the days of the uprising and played revolutionary songs. As The Times of Israel notes, "t$3 op political and military leaders in Iran regularly call for Israel's annihilation", so Javani's paean to his regime's genocidal ambitions is not at all unprecedented. The unrest was the most serious threat to Iran's religious leaders since protests over disputed elections in 2009.

"The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran. means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives", a defiant President Hassan Rouhani told those thronging Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square, decrying a "conspiracy" involving Washington.

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

Dismissing calls that Iranian regional influence should be curbed, the deputy commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was quoted as saying on February 11 that "the enemy can not ask us to leave the region". One had the face of Trump and the other the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"I don't ignore the threats from the Iranian regime, but I'm also not intimidated by them", Netanyahu said in a Hebrew-language video uploaded to social media.

"If this regime makes the terrible mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it will not succeed", he said.

The event Monday is the culmination of official celebrations called the "10 Day Dawn" that mark the period between February 1, 1979 and February 11 when the revolution's leader Khomeini returned from exile and toppled the monarchy.

"They should take that into account", he said.

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. -Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

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