Trump taunts Iran on 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

Iranian state TV, which said millions participated in the celebrations, ran archive footage of the days of the uprising and played revolutionary songs.

He compared the US 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.

Every year, the anniversary festivities start on February 1 - the day Khomeini returned home from France after 14 years in exile to become the supreme leader as Shiite clerics took power - and continue for 10 days, climaxing on February 11.

In the 1979, the country overthrew Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a Western-installed monarch - an action that paved the way to clerical rule.

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. Some demonstrators shouted "Death to Israel, Death to America" - sayings often repeated at the time of the revolution. The entire IRGC has been labeled a terrorist organization by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and some of the IRGC's sub-components - including its elite Quds Force, which has been labeled a terrorist organization by the United States - engage in even more direct sponsoring and exporting of sharia supremacist Islamism.

"What a 40 years it's been".

Soldiers, students, clergymen and women wearing black filled streets across Iran.

The large crowds at state-supported marches came as Iranians increasingly face economic hardship. The unrest was the most serious threat to Iran's religious leaders since protests over disputed elections in 2009.

Rouhani also vowed Iran would defeat US sanctions, reimposed after President Donald Trump withdrew from Tehran's nuclear accord with world powers previous year.




Trump also reestablished USA economic sanctions against Iran. "In those parts, many countries in the south of the Gulf have formed", Rouhani said.

Iranian political and military officials have also attended the rallies along with other people to rejoice at the auspicious ceremony.

Iran's president also insisted that Iranians "have not asked and will not ask for permission" to develop different types of missiles, Rohani said.

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.

He vowed to boost Iran's military and ballistic missile program. -Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

"The United States does not have the courage to fire 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. Susan Shand adapted the report for VOA Learning English.

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