Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

Iran "will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa" to the ground if Washington attacks the Islamic Republic, a commander for its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said earlier Monday to mass crowds celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, according to Russian news channel Sputnik.

Chador-clad women, militia members in camouflage fatigues and ordinary citizens marched through the capital in freezing rain to commemorate the day in February 1979 that Ayatollah Khomeini ended millennia of royal rule.

There's also a huge display of domestically-developed military equipment, including drones, missiles, bombs, and weapons.

Following reports of a second failed space launch by Iran in less than a month, the U.S. State Department last week called for "tougher global restrictions to deter Iran's missile program".

"We have not, and will not request permission from anyone for increasing our defensive power and for building all kinds of. missiles", he told the crowd.

Seemingly reaching out to his political critics within the country, the president added: "The more we allow different ideas, beliefs and (political) factions the stronger our system will be".

Last week, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei defended the "Death to America" chants, saying they are aimed at America's leaders such as Trump and not its people.

"It's been 40 yrs of failure", Bolton tweeted.

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According to Channel 12 news, the factory is meant to focus on producing precision missiles, dramatically upgrading the threat to Israel from the vast arsenal of rockets and missiles deployed against it in southern Lebanon by Iran's proxy, Hezbollah. "I am not ignoring the threats of the Iranian regime, but nor I am impressed by them", he said.

"If this regime makes the very bad mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it will not succeed", the Israeli leader said. "They must leave the region", said Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

On Feb. 11 that year, Iran's military stood down after days of street battles, allowing the revolutionaries to sweep across the country while the government of US -backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi resigned and the Islamic Republic was born.

"40 years of corruption".

But despite the official festivities today's Islamic republic faces acute economic challenges as it struggles with a mix of domestic hardships and United States sanctions.

State television offered blanket coverage of the commemorations, showing marches in cities ranging from Abadan in southwestern Iran to Mashad in the northeast.

State TV showed crowds defying cold rainy weather and carrying Iranian flags while shouting "Death to Israel, Death to America", trademark chants of the revolution which ousted the United States' most important ally in the Middle East.

Rouhani addressed the crowds for almost 45 minutes, lashing out at Iran's enemies - America and Israel - and claiming their efforts to "bring down" Iranians through sanctions will not succeed.

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