Iran and Israel trade threats of destruction

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 12, 2019

Iran's president on Monday insisted "enemy" plots against the country would fail as vast crowds marked 40 years since the Islamic revolution at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

Some of the protesters burned USA flags.

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.

On February 11, 1979, Iran's army declared its neutrality in the dispute between the two sides. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his family were forced to flee the country.

Iranians march towards Azadi Square during Monday's rally.

State TV showed large crowds defying frigid weather and carrying Iranian flags while chanting "Death to Israel, Death to America", trademark chants of the revolution.

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

One banner read: "Much to the dismay of America, the revolution has reached its 40th year".

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

But despite the official festivities, today's Islamic republic faces acute economic challenges as it struggles with a mix of domestic hardships and US sanctions. The demonstrations posed the most serious challenge to its clerical leadership since a 2009 uprising over disputed elections.

Prices of bread, cooking oil and other staples have soared since President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 nuclear deal past year and reimposed 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, Rouhani said Iran was dealing with its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled.

Israel says it has carried out hundreds of airstrikes on Iranian-linked targets as part of a campaign to prevent Tehran from establishing a military presence in Syria.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Iranians they should resist a "conspiracy" involving Washington.

Iranian political and military officials have also attended the rallies along with other people to rejoice at the auspicious ceremony.

Yadollah Javani is the Revolutionary Guards' assistant head for political affairs. 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.

The United States and its Arab allies have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution swept the Shah from power in 1979, fearing Khomeini's radical ideology would inspire Islamic militants across the Middle East. The editor was George Grow. The Tasnim news agency reported that another missile can travel up to 800 kilometers. Susan Shand adapted the report for VOA Learning English.

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