Iranians Mark 40th Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

State television showed crowds defying cold rainy weather and carrying Iranian flags while shouting "Death to Israel, Death to America" - trademark chants of the revolution.

Imam Khomeini had lived many years in exile, in Iraq and France, before returning home and leading a historical revolution that overthrew Pahlavi regime. Many people carried pictures of Khomeini, who died in 1989, and Iran's current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Inflation is at an all-time high. The unrest was the most serious threat to Iran's religious leaders since protests over disputed elections in 2009.

Life-size replicas of Iranian-made cruise and ballistic missiles stood in a statement of defiance after the US previous year reimposed sanctions following its withdrawal from a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme.

"Perhaps worst of all, the people of Iran have suffered grievously". But he remained defiant as Iranians recalled the end of a monarch who catered to the rich and unleashed secret police on dissenters.

In the capital's Azadi Square, President Hassan Rouhani dismissed US efforts to isolate Tehran while touting his country's military might.

'We will not let America become victorious.

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. Iran insists that it has the right to operate in Syria, since it has been invited by Assad to help rebuild the country.

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In a speech at Tehran's Azadi square, President Hassan Rouhani dismissed USA efforts to isolate Iran, saying US sanctions could not break the Islamic Republic.

"However, this would be the last anniversary of the revolution that they celebrate".

The Trump administration has pushed hard to weaken Iran and what it says is Tehran's "destabilizing" influence. Tyrannizing its own people and terrorizing the world. Rather, they are directed at national leaders.

Over the past decade, Iran has frequently test-fired and displayed missiles, sent several short-lived satellites into orbit and in 2013 launched a monkey into space.

"We operate every day, including yesterday, against Iran and its attempts to entrench itself in the region", Netanyahu said as he was about to depart to the Middle East conference in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday, confirming a Monday attack on Syria's southern Quneitra province.

"We are constantly working according to our understanding and the need to prevent Iran and its proxies from entrenching on our northern border and in our region in general".

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