As revolution turns 40, Iran taunts USA, vaunts military

As revolution turns 40, Iran taunts USA, vaunts military

U.S. President Donald Trump and National Security Adviser John Bolton lashed out Monday at Iran as it celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

On 11 February 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei came to power in Iran, replacing Shah Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi's Western-backed government, turning the country into an Islamic Republic.

As Iran marks its 40 year of revolution this month, hundreds and thousands of Iranians marched on February 11, and some burnt USA flags to mark the anniversary with crowds chanting "Death to America".

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

Nevertheless, it is believed that Iran is continuing to develop the capabilities to produce a nuclear weapons arsenal as well as produce ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads despite new USA sanctions placed on Iran meant to pressure Tehran over its military activity in the Middle East.

After decades of hostility with the US, Tehran said it was determined to expand its military power and ballistic missile program despite mounting pressure to curb its defensive work.

Short for "Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges", INSTEX was registered after months of negotiations and technical talks in the wake of the U.S. administration's unilateral exit past year from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Another Iranian official warned that his country would destroy cities in Israel if the United States attacked Iran.

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Trump has used those claims as basis to re-impose a series of tough sanctions against Iran, while pledging an global pressure campaign that would force Tehran to renegotiate a deal that would address his demands.

The report acknowledged that it was impossible to measure the success, impact, or even existence of such a program, but pointed to the Iranian space agency's high launch-failure rate - 67 percent as opposed to a global average of five percent - as proof of American saboteurs' effectiveness.

"With Iran's support to Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen, the enemies could not succeed in their plots", Rouhani told the rally.

"My name is Yalda Moayeri, I'm 37 years old and I am a photojournalist from Iran".

State TV showed a cartoon of the Shah being thrown into the "dustbin of history", wearing clothes in USA colours and holding Iranian newspapers headlined "The Shah has left!"

"The presence of people in this celebration means that plots by the enemies. have been defused", Rouhani said.

Iranians walk past a missile during a rally marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

Some Iranians criticize their leaders for what they say are foreign adventures which squander funds.

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