As revolution turns 40, Iran taunts USA, vaunts military

  • As revolution turns 40, Iran taunts USA, vaunts military

As revolution turns 40, Iran taunts USA, vaunts military

Yadollah Javani, deputy head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps political bureau, said during a rally that Israel would pay if the United States attacked Iran. It later broadcast footage showing crowds across this country of 80 million.

In a speech at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square, Rouhani said USA efforts to isolate Iran would fail.

The routes leading up to the square were packed with people as loudspeakers blared revolutionary anthems and slogans.

The event Monday is the culmination of official celebrations called the "10 Day Dawn" that mark the period between February 1, 1979 and February 11 when the revolution's leader Khomeini returned from exile and toppled the monarchy.

Prices of bread, cooking oil and other staples have soared since President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 nuclear deal a year ago and reimposed sanctions.

In January, Rouhani said Iran was dealing with its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled. "They will not achieve their ill-omened aims".

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

Washington alleges Iran's launches defy a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Iran to undertake no activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

"We have not asked and will not ask for permission to develop different types of missiles", Rouhani told tens of thousands gathered at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square.

USA sanctions have hit Iran's economy hard, angering low-income Iranians who have carried out sporadic protests and strikes over the past year.

Washington and the Arab world have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution, fearing Khomeini's radical ideology would inspire militants across the Middle East.

In Tehran, 27-year-old medical student Hossein Hosseinpour, walked with his wife and their 18-month son Amir Ali. "I see a bright future for him and our nation", Hosseinpour said. "My mother, despite her illness, asked me to bring her out", he said.

Last week, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei claimed that Iran's infamous "Death to America" chanting is intended not at the United States as a whole, but merely at President Trump.

"It's been 40 yrs of failure", Bolton tweeted.

The state has played up this year's anniversary as 40 is symbolic of maturity in the Islamic tradition and the age at which Prophet Mohammed received revelations from God.

The Iranian people "will not stop saying "Death to America" as long as the USA acts malicious" toward Iran, Khamenei said, referring to Trump's State of the Union address in which the American president, among other things, said: "We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants death to America".

A majority of Iranians blame domestic mismanagement and corruption over foreign sanctions for the economic situation, according to an IranPoll survey published in December 2018.