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

REUTERS  Raheb Homavandi  File

Some of the protesters burned US flags.

The events Monday were the culmination of official celebrations called the "10 Day Dawn" that marks the period between February 1, 1979, and February 11 when Shiite cleric Khomeini returned from exile and ousted the shah's last government.

State television offered blanket coverage of the commemorations, showing marchers in cities ranging from Abadan in south-western Iran to Mashad in the northeast, all joined in fervent denunciations of both the USA and Israel.

The cry of "Death to America" has long featured in the Islamic republic, with leaders and the public alike using it to vent their perception of America's supposed interest in working against the country. The entire IRGC has been labeled a terrorist organization by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and some of the IRGC's sub-components - including its elite Quds Force, which has been labeled a terrorist organization by the United States - engage in even more direct sponsoring and exporting of sharia supremacist Islamism. 40 years of repression.

Soldiers, students, clergymen and women wearing black filled streets across Iran.

In an official White House Twitter video post, Bolton taunted Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the current Supreme Leader of Iran.

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

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

And he vowed to overcome USA efforts to isolate Tehran. "In those parts, many countries in the south of the Gulf have formed", Rouhani said.

"The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran".

"We do not and we will not ask permission for producing any type of missiles from anybody", Rouhani said in his speech Monday, though he stressed that Iran would "continue constructive engagement" with the global community.

"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 in his address.

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.

Iran also has vast clout in Iraq, where Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the overseas arm of the Revolutionary Guards, was frequently photographed guiding Shi'ite militias in the war against Sunni Islamic State militants.

"The United States does not have the courage to fire a single bullet at us despite all its defensive and military assets". Gen. Yadollah Javani was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

The crowd of demonstrators in the rallies paid tribute to the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, under whose leadership the revolutionary movements triumphed over the despotic regime of Pahlavi on February 11, 1979.

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