Iran vaunts military, taunts U.S. as revolution turns 40

Iran vaunts military, taunts U.S. as revolution turns 40

Iran vaunts military, taunts U.S. as revolution turns 40

Tens of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

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 USA -backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi resigned and the Islamic Republic was born.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivered a fiery speech in Azadi Square in Tehran on Monday.

"We do not and we will not ask permission for producing any type of missiles from anybody", Rouhani said in his speech Monday, though he stressed that Iran would "continue constructive engagement" with the worldwide community.

Iran was determined to expand its military power and ballistic missile program despite mounting pressure from hostile countries to curb Iran's defensive work, state TV reported Rouhani as saying.

Bolton said Washington would support 'the will of the Iranian people, & stand behind them to ensure their voices are heard'.

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The rallies on the national holiday of "Bahman 22nd" began at 9 am local time in more than 1,000 cities and towns as well as 10,000 villages across Iran.

"40 years of corruption".

The state has played up this year's anniversary as 40 is symbolic of maturity in the Islamic tradition and the age at which Prophet Mohammed received revelations from God.

Iran even holds an annual "Death to America" rally every November to commemorate the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in 1979, leading to a 444-day hostage crisis in which the Iranian regime held 52 Americans prisoner.

Iranians walk past a missile during a rally marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

"The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives", Rouhani himself told the crowds, vowing the "US conspiracy" against Iran will never succeed.

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The large crowds at state-supported marches came as Iranians increasingly face economic hardship.

Despite Iran's efforts to hide the facility, Israel has nevertheless discovered, tracked and uncovered it, the network said, as part of its effort to thwart Iran's military entrenchment in Syria.

Last year, Bolton told a meeting of Iranian exiles that "before 2019, we here. will celebrate in Iran".

Former public servant Saaghi insisted that it remained paramount for Iranians to stick by the revolution.

He compared the USA sanctions and economic hardships to "riding a bicycle when someone puts a stick in the wheels" but pointed to advances in other fields as more than making up for them.

Extensive fireworks displays were held across Tehran on Sunday night, timed to coincide with the demonstrations.

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Soldiers, students, clerics and black-clad women holding small children thronged streets across Iran, many carrying portraits of Khomeini, who died in 1989, and Iran's current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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