Hundreds of thousands in Iran mark 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

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.

"I bow in admiration to Iran's resilient people who - despite hardships and grievances - today poured into streets by the millions to mark 40th anniv of their Islamic Revolution, which some in the USA wished would never come", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

President Hassan Rohani blasted a USA "conspiracy" against Iran as the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that ended the monarchy and heralded the start of four decades of clerical rule.

Iran's army declared its neutrality on February 11, 1979 and paved the way for the collapse of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi - the closest ally of the USA in the Middle East. President Hassan Rouhani said at a rally in the capital that Iran was determined to expand its military power.

Iran displayed its ballistic missile capabilities during a parade marking the anniversary, including the Zolfaqar, a ground-to-ground missile with a 700 kilometre (435 mile) range and the Qiam, with a range of 800 km, according to Tasnim news agency. "Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties but we will overcome the problems by helping each other".

TEHRAN: Iran´s president on Monday insisted "enemy" plots against the country would fail as vast crowds marked 40 years since the Islamic revolution at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

Rouhani was referring to the Kingdom of Bahrain, which Iranian officials in the past have referred to as the "14th province".

"The United States does not have the courage to fire a single bullet at us despite all its defensive and military assets".

Iranians march towards Azadi (Freedom) Square during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution in the capital Tehran on February 11, 2019. "But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", Brig.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the threat. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure. "If this regime makes the awful mistake and tries to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it will not succeed, but it will be the last Revolution Day that they will celebrate".

Khomeini returned from exile in France two weeks after the Shah and his wife fled to Aswan, Egypt.

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

A resolution was read out, proclaiming "unquestioning obedience to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei" and calling US President Donald Trump an idiot, reported AFP.

Today, Iran enjoys influence through proxies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, raising concerns in Sunni Saudi Arabia, which accuses its rival of trying to dominate the Middle East. Tehran denies the allegations.

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