Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Iran vaunts military, taunts U.S. as revolution turns 40

Iran vaunts military, taunts U.S. as revolution turns 40

"We operate every day, including yesterday, against Iran and its attempts to entrench itself in the region", Netanyahu said as he was about to depart to the Middle East conference in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday, confirming a Monday attack on Syria's southern Quneitra province.

The 6-mile-long downtown Enghelab, or Revolution Street, in Tehran was decorated with huge balloons as loudspeakers blared out revolutionary and nationalist songs to encourage people to join the rallies.

But efforts to burn American and Israeli flags were hindered by torrential rain.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Iranians who had gathered in Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square they should resist a "conspiracy" involving Washington.

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

Last month, a senior official with Iran's influential Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) warned that Tehran would erase Israel off the map if it "does anything that leads to a new war".

Rouhani lambasted calls from the United States and Europe for a fresh agreement to curb Iran's missile program. "Iran continues to seek nuclear weapons to intimidate people all around the globe and ballistic missiles to use as delivery systems".

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Journalist Mikey Kay recalled in this vein that Bolton has spoken at least eight times at rallies organised by MEK (Mojahedin-e Khalq), an Iranian dissident group which calls for regime change in Iran and is known to pay up to $50,000 per speech.

Mahmoud Hemmati, 35, was pushing his 68-year-old mother, Parivash Fakheri, in a wheelchair.

"Let us not forget that the majority of Iranians within the present-day generation were not even born during the 1979 revolution", Pahlavi said.

"Much to the dismay of America, the revolution has reached its 40th year", read one banner. "I don't think you'll have many more anniversaries to enjoy", Bolton concluded.

In January, Rouhani said Iran was dealing with its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled.

Iranian state TV anchor Mehdi Khosravi chirped how he expects John Bolton, U.S. national security adviser, to be very angry on Monday since he had once predicted that Iranians will not see the 40th anniversary of their revolution.

Last year, the government suppressed protests over poor living conditions in over 80 cities and towns.

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