Iranians Mark 40th Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iranians Mark 40th Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iranians Mark 40th Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Israel and Iran traded threats of mutual destruction on Monday as the Islamic Republic celebrated the 40th anniversary of its revolution.

Soldiers, students, clerics and black-clad women holding small children thronged streets across Iran, many with portraits of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi'ite cleric who toppled the Shah in an Islamic uprising that still haunts the West.

In this February 11, 2016 file photograph, an Iranian woman holds the national flag during a rally commemorating the 37th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, in Tehran, Iran.

The US officially removed MEK, which describes itself as the biggest rival to the ruling Islamic Republic authorities, from its terrorism blacklist in 2012.

Rouhani also promised that Iran would overcome its economic hardships, worsened by the restored USA sanctions.

The years since have been marked with domestic struggles between reformist and conservative politics, and global disputes over Iran's nuclear development. 40 years of repression.

"The 40th anniversary of the Iranian regime only serves to highlight four decades of failure and broken promises".

The scathing slogans appeared just days after Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said such insults should not be taken personally by USA or Israeli citizens.

"Iran will continue to expand its military might and missile program", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the crowd who gathered in Azadi (Freedom) Square.

Earlier, Trump's chief foreign policy advisor John Bolton issued a similar statement, tweeting that "it's been 40 yrs of failure".

Prime Minister and Defense Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel is capable of reaching its enemies across the Middle East with missiles, including Iranian proxies. He said, "The United States does not have the courage to shoot a single bullet at us".

"The US should know that we would raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground in the event of a military attack on us", General Yadollah Javani, head of the guard's political bureau, was quoted as saying.

"If this regime makes the bad mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it will not succeed", he said.

Some of the protesters burned US flags. The entire IRGC has been labeled a terrorist organization by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and some of the IRGC's sub-components - including its elite Quds Force, which has been labeled a terrorist organization by the United States - engage in even more direct sponsoring and exporting of sharia supremacist Islamism.

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