Iranians Mark 40th Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iranians Mark 40th Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Soldiers, students, clerics and black-clad women holding small children, flocked to the streets of cities and towns, many carrying portraits of Khomeini and Iran's current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The unrest was the most serious threat to Iran's religious leaders since protests over disputed elections in 2009.

US President Donald Trump pulled out of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers a year ago and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran - dealing a blow to the country's economy.

In an anniversary celebration in Tehran on Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took his own defiant stand against the United States, CNN reported.

But despite the official festivities today's Islamic republic faces acute economic challenges as it struggles with a mix of domestic hardships and USA sanctions.

"We will not let America become victorious..."

"The Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties (due to the sanctions) but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", Rouhani said.

Marchers carried cardboard cutouts of dogs.

State TV showed a cartoon of the Shah being thrown into the "dustbin of history", wearing clothes in USA colours and holding Iranian newspapers headlined "The Shah has left!"

Regional power Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution swept the Shah from power, fearing Khomeini would inspire Islamic militants across the region.


"The world saw when Iran made a decision to help people of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen, they achieved victory".

"The presence of people in this celebration means that plots by the enemies ... have been defused", Rouhani said.

Top political and military leaders in Iran regularly call for Israel's annihilation, with a senior general recently claiming it would defeat the Jewish state "within three days" in the case of a war.

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.

In Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is the branch of the military responsible for upholding the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

"The enemy can not ask us to leave the region". "We will help any Muslim anywhere in the world".

In the backdrop to Monday's marches, the military displayed Iranian-made missiles, which authorities showcase every year during anniversary celebrations and which now have a range of up to 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) and are able to Israel and USA military bases in the region.

This year's celebrations come amid heightened tensions with the United States, which last year withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers and reimposed tough sanctions on the Iranian economy.

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