As revolution turns 40, Iran taunts US, vaunts military

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 11, 2019

Prices of basic foodstuffs, particularly meat, have soared since President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 nuclear deal past year and reimposed sanctions.

In comments on Sunday, Hossein Taeb said the fifth decade of the Islamic Revolution would mark the Iranian nation's "harsh slaps" in the face of the United States and its mercenaries, whom he said will have to "pay heavy prices" for hostility towards Iran.

Soldiers, students, clerics and black-clad women holding small children thronged streets across Iran, many carrying portraits of Khomeini, who died in 1989, and Iran's current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Crowds were marching on Monday, heading out from a dozen points in the Iranian capital toward Tehran Azadi, or Freedom Square.

"We will not let America become victorious - Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties, but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", he said in a speech.

Iranians carried cardboard cutouts of dogs.

Monday's event, which is also referred to as the Ten-Day Dawn, marks the 10 days of protests, which followed the return from exile of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who led the 1979 revolution, which successfully overthrew the American-backed monarch of Iran, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi.

Yadollah Javani, the Revolutionary Guards' deputy head for political affairs, said Iran would demolish cities in Israel to the ground if the United States attacked the Islamic Republic.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are locked in proxy wars in Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

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

Anti-Iranian groups receive financial, training and military supports from the global arrogance (the U.S. and Israel), the minister noted, stressing that a considerable level of security prevails in Iran despite the great capabilities of proxies of enemies in the arms sphere.

In a speech given at Azadi Square, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran was determined to expand its military power and ballistic missile program despite mounting pressure to curb its defensive work.

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