Iran Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

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Speaking from a podium in central Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the crowds for almost 45 minutes, lashing out at Iran's enemies - America and Israel - and claiming their efforts to "bring down" Iranians through sanctions will not succeed.

Chants of "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain" followed, and demonstrators burned USA and Israeli flags.

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

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.

The remarks came a day after Trump tweeted about 40 years of "corruption, repression and terror", reacting to the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution, which he claimed was followed by "the regime in Iran producing only 40 years of failure".

The 10-day period from the return of Imam Khomeini until the revolution's victory is celebrated annually in Iran, and is known as the Ten-Day Fajr (Dawn). It later broadcast footage showing crowds across the country of 80 million.

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

There's also a huge display of domestically-developed military equipment, including drones, missiles, bombs, and weapons.

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The celebrations included several instance of muscle flexing, including the launch and test of new missiles, which would put Israel squarely within precise range of the Iranian armed forces.

Later that year, Iranian militants took dozens of people hostage at the US Embassy in Tehran, sparking the first round of sanctions from Washington and causing a lasting rupture in countries' relations. He said he wanted to teach his son to support the revolution. "My mother, despite her illness, asked me to bring her out", he said. "I don't think you'll have many more anniversaries to enjoy", Bolton concluded.

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

Today, as part of the jihad-exporting regime's celebration of the Islamic Revolution, the infamously anti-Semitic and anti-Israel government made a decision to once again casually threaten to attack the Jewish state.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, recently told military officials Europe "cannot be trusted, just like the Americans".

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.

In a video posted on the White House's Twitter account on Monday, National Security Adviser John Bolton issued a strong warning to Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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