As revolution turns 40, Iran taunts USA, vaunts military

Cheryl Sanders
February 12, 2019

In this February 11, 2016 file photograph, an Iranian woman holds the national flag during a rally commemorating the 37th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, in Tehran, Iran.

State TV showed large crowds carrying Iranian flags and chanting "Death to Israel, Death to America", trademark chants of the revolution.

Addressing tens of thousands of people gathered on Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square on February 11, Rohani also said that Iran was determined to expand its military power and missile program despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies.

President Hassan Rouhani told a crowd in Tehran that Iran's enemies will not achieve what he called their evil goals.

'We have not asked and will not ask for permission to develop different types of. missiles and will continue our path and our military power, ' Rouhani said.


According to Channel 12 news, the factory is meant to focus on producing precision missiles, dramatically upgrading the threat to Israel from the vast arsenal of rockets and missiles deployed against it in southern Lebanon by Iran's proxy, Hezbollah.

The leaders spoke at a rally marking 40 years since the Islamic revolution, a political quake that ended millennia of monarchy and still reverberates around the region. 40 years of repression.

A senior commander in Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps threatened on Monday to destroy two of Israeli's largest cities if the country is attacked by the United States.

The large turnout in state-sponsored rallies came as Iranians face mounting economic hardships following the return of U.S. sanctions past year.

Trump said he envisioned keeping US troops in Iraq "because I want to be able to watch Iran" during an interview with Margaret Brennan of CBS News that aired February 3.


Prices of basic foodstuffs have soared since President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 nuclear deal in May 2019.

Huge crowds have turned out on the streets of Iran in state-organised rallies to mark the 40th anniversary of the country's Islamic Revolution.

"We will not let America become victorious - Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties, but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", he said in a speech. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took note and responded: try it, and it will be the last Revolution Day the Iranians will ever celebrate.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are locked in proxy wars in Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

Javani, the deputy for the IRGC political bureau, was speaking at a rally marking the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, when the US-backed monarchy was overthrown and replaced in power by Islamic fundamentalists. "I am not ignoring the threats of the Iranian regime, but nor I am impressed by them", he said.


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