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Massive crowds mark 40th anniversary of Iran revolution

Massive crowds mark 40th anniversary of Iran revolution

US National Security Adviser John Bolton, who in 2017 expressed hope Iran's "revolution will not reach its 40th birthday", tweeted that after four decades the "Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to fulfill its promises to uphold and safeguard the rights of its citizens".

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.

Earlier at the anniversary celebrations, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani told crowds on Monday that Iran was committed to a path that will see the country expand its "military power".

Iran displayed its ballistic missile capabilities during a parade, including the Zolfaqar, a ground-to-ground missile with a 700 km (435 miles) range and the Qiam, with a range of 800 km, according to Tasnim news agency.

The large turnout at these state-sponsored rallies comes as Iranians faces rising prices and food shortages which have triggered waves of protests.

The event Monday is the culmination of official celebrations called the "10 Day Dawn" that mark the period between February 1, 1979 and February 11 when the revolution's leader Khomeini returned from exile and toppled the monarchy.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned USA flags to mark the revolution as Tehran showed off ballistic missiles in defiance of United States efforts to curb its military power.

Ahead of the celebrations, Iranian officials announced that up to 50,000 prisoners would either be released or have their sentences reduced.




This year's anniversary come as tensions are rising with the USA and Iran is grappling with re-imposed US sanctions.

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.

But he remained defiant on Monday as Iranians recalled the end of a monarch who catered to the rich.

Israeli television reported last week that Israel has discovered a new ambitious precision missile factory being constructed by Iran in Syria together with the Syrian government and Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, after Israel bombed and destroyed a previous one. "Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties but we will overcome the problems by helping each other".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran that this year could be the last time it celebrates the anniversary if it attacks his country. "They would do well to take that into account".

Today, the United States, its Arab allies and Israel are trying to counter Tehran's growing influence in the Middle East, where it has proxies in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Tehran would not withdraw forces from the region, dismissing US calls for Iranian clout to be curbed.