Militant Iran Taunts US on Revolution's 40th Birthday

U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers a year ago and reimposed sanctions on Tehran, dealing a blow to the country's economy.

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.

"40 years of corruption".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran that this year could be the last time it celebrates the anniversary if it attacks his country.

"40 Years of Failure to accept that Iranians will never return to submission".

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that the Iranian government had let down its people. As The Times of Israel notes, "t$3 op political and military leaders in Iran regularly call for Israel's annihilation", so Javani's paean to his regime's genocidal ambitions is not at all unprecedented.

President Hassan Rohani blasted a US "conspiracy" against Iran as the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that ended the monarchy and heralded the start of four decades of clerical rule.

"If this regime makes the bad mistake and tries to destroy Tel Aviv or Haifa, it won't be successful and it will be the last anniversary of their revolution they will ever celebrate".

The large turnout in state-sponsored rallies came as Iranians face rising prices, food shortages and high inflation that have triggered waves of protests.

The usual banners filled the streets with slogans such as, "Death to America, Death to Israel and Victory to Islam".

Iranians burn flags of the United States during commemorations of the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution in the capital Tehran on February 11, 2019.

But efforts to burn American and Israeli flags were hindered by torrential rain. Iranian state TV, which said millions participated in the celebrations, ran archive footage of the days of the uprising and played revolutionary songs.

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.

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. Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution initially inspired both Islamic militants and Islamists across the Mideast.

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


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