Iran revolution brought repression, failure

Iran and Israel trade threats of destruction

Iran and Israel trade threats of destruction

People across Iran are taking to the streets today to mark the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution - an event that has gone on to define the country and its position within the world.

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

A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Tehran would not withdraw its forces from the region, dismissing USA calls that Iranian regional influence should be curbed.

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

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. "The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future", Trump wrote on Twitter Monday.

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

Life-size replicas of Iranian-made cruise and ballistic missiles stood in a statement of defiance after the USA a year ago reimposed sanctions following its withdrawal from a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme. "Our presence in the 40th anniversary of the revolution is to show our support for the Islamic Republic", said one sign held by a protester.

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Rouhani also promised the crowds that Iran would overcome the economic hardship amid the country's spiraling economy and the newly imposed USA sanctions.

"It's been 40 yrs of failure".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement during his visit to a navy base in Haifa, Israel, February 12, 2019.

The remarks came a day after Trump tweeted about 40 years of "corruption, repression and terror", reacting to the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution, which he claimed was followed by "the regime in Iran producing only 40 years of failure".

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

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

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