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

Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

Marchers walked down the street chanting, "Death to Israel".

"We have not asked and will not ask for permission to develop different types of missiles", Rouhani told tens of thousands gathered at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square.

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

Huge crowds have turned out on the streets of Iran in state-organised rallies to mark the 40th anniversary of the country's Islamic Revolution.

Iranians thronged streets across the country, many with portraits of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shiite cleric who toppled the Shah in the historic Islamic uprising.

Washington and its Arab allies have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution, fearing Khomeini's radical ideology would inspire militants across the Middle East.

This year's celebrations come amid heightened tensions with the United States, which last year withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers and reimposed tough sanctions on the Iranian economy.

Along with the chants "Death to America" and banners bearing slogans calling for "Death to Israel", Monday's marches were also a backdrop to the military's display of Iranian-made missiles, which authorities showcase every year during anniversary celebrations.

State television offered blanket coverage of the commemorations, showing marches in cities ranging from Abadan in southwestern Iran to Mashhad in the northeast.

Rouhani also promised the crowds that Iran would overcome the economic hardship amid the country's spiraling economy and the newly imposed USA sanctions.

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

"On the revolution's 40th anniversary we are at the top for scientific achievements like nanotechnology or accurate missiles", he said.

"I'm impressed by everything I've seen here, of course you cannot show everything, but these missiles you see behind - these missiles can go very far, against any enemy, including Iran's proxies in our region", Netanyahu said on a visit to the naval base in Haifa.

The leaders spoke at a rally marking 40 years since the Islamic revolution, a political quake that ended millennia of monarchy and still reverberates around the region.

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. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure.

"Hundred years ago, a large part of Iran was separated".

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