Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Iranians mark 40th anniversary of the revolution

Iranians mark 40th anniversary of the revolution

Israel and Iran traded threats of mutual destruction on Monday as the Islamic Republic celebrated the 40th anniversary of its revolution.

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

A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Tehran would not withdraw its forces from the region, dismissing USA calls that Iranian regional influence should be curbed.

In the backdrop to Monday's marches, the military displayed Iranian-made missiles, which authorities showcase every year during anniversary celebrations.

Iranians thronged streets across the country, many with portraits of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shiite cleric who toppled the Shah in the historic Islamic uprising. 40 Years of Failure to adjust U.S. policy to reality.

Iran was determined to expand its military power and ballistic missile programme despite pressure from hostile countries, state TV reported Rouhani as saying. "The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future", he posted in both English and Farsi.

This year's anniversary come as tensions are rising with the USA and Iran is grappling with re-imposed US sanctions.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is set to publish "a detailed statement explaining the "second step" of the progress of the Islamic revolution", his official website said.

This year's anniversary comes as Iran deals with the aftermath of President Trump's decision in May to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and restore tough US sanctions.

"It's been 40 yrs of failure".

Later that year, Iranian militants took dozens of people hostage at the US Embassy in Tehran, sparking the first round of sanctions from Washington and causing a lasting rupture in countries' relations.

"Perhaps worst of all, the people of Iran have suffered grievously".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed the Israeli army hit targets in Syria in an attempt to discourage Iran from gaining a foothold there. He said, "The United States does not have the courage to shoot a single bullet at us". "But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", Brig.

"Were this regime to make the awful mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it would not succeed, but it would mean that they had celebrated their last Revolution Day".

The Shah was the United States' closest ally in the Middle East.

Yadollah Javani is the Revolutionary Guards' assistant head for political affairs.

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