Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

He compared the USA sanctions and economic hardships to "riding a bicycle when someone puts a stick in the wheels" but pointed to advances in other fields as more than making up for them.

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. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his family were forced to flee the country.

Iranians celebrated the 1979 overthrow of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was supported by the US, "waving Iranian flags, chanting "Death to America" and burning USA and Israeli flags", reported The Associated Press. Some demonstrators shouted "Death to Israel, Death to America" - sayings often repeated at the time of the revolution. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

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

The large turnout in state-sponsored rallies came as Iranians face rising prices, food shortages and high inflation that have triggered waves of protests. The demonstrations posed the most serious challenge to its clerical leadership since a 2009 uprising over disputed elections.

This year's anniversary comes as Iran deals with the aftermath of President Trump's decision in May to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and restore tough USA sanctions.

Following reports of a second failed space launch by Iran in less than a month, the U.S. State Department last week called for "tougher global restrictions to deter Iran's missile program".


In January, President Hassan Rouhani said his country was experiencing its worst economic crisis since the overthrow of the Shah.

Although the Iranian government has attempted to establish financial mechanisms that would facilitate its trade relations with European powers, its ability to trade internationally has been badly affected by renewed USA sanctions.

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.

Rouhani lambasted calls from the United States and Europe for a fresh agreement to curb Iran's missile program.

In Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is the branch of the military responsible for upholding the 1979 Islamic Revolution. He said, "The United States does not have the courage to shoot a single bullet at us".

Mr Bolton, a leading hawk in the Trump administration's attempt to weaken Iranian influence, was tweeting as a huge crowd in Tehran gathered to celebrate the 1979 revolution, in which Muslim leader Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini ended the centuries-old rule of the royal dynasty.

Ballistic missile capabilities were on display during the main march, including the Qadr F, a ground-to-ground missile with a 1,950-km (1,220-mile) range, Tasnim news agency said.


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