Iranians mark 40th anniversary of the revolution

"What a 40 years it's been".

"The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future", he added. Iranian state TV, which said millions participated in the celebrations, ran archive footage of the days of the uprising and played revolutionary songs.

Addressing tens of thousands of people gathered on Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square on February 11, Rohani also said that Iran was determined to expand its military power and missile program despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies.

In a speech at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square, Rouhani said US efforts to isolate Iran would fail.

Trump said he envisioned keeping USA troops in Iraq "because I want to be able to watch Iran" during an interview with Margaret Brennan of CBS News that aired February 3.

People from different walks of life have attended the processions with flags of Iran and banners in support of the Islamic Republic to mark the revolution's ruby jubilee.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned US flags on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shia cleric who toppled the Shah in an Islamic Revolution that rattles the West to this day.

Life-size replicas of Iranian-made cruise and ballistic missiles lined the route in a statement of defiance at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, militia members in camouflage fatigues, clerics, and ordinary citizens flocked to the streets of other Iranian cities and towns to commemorate February 11, 1979, when followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted a US -backed monarch, Shah Reza Pahlavi.

The large turnout in state-sponsored rallies came as Iranians face rising prices, food shortages and high inflation that have triggered waves of protests.

Waving Iranian flags, chanting "Death to America" and burning US and Israeli flags, hundreds of thousands of people poured out onto the streets across Iran on Monday, marking the date that's considered victory day in the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

This year's anniversary comes as Iran deals with the aftermath of President Trump's decision in May to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and restore tough USA sanctions.

In January, Rouhani said Iran was dealing with its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled.

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the threat. "They should take this into account", Netanyahu said in a warning to his country's archfoe.

Today, Iran enjoys growing influence through proxies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, raising concerns in Sunni Saudi Arabia, which accuses its rival of trying to dominate the Middle East. Tehran denies that.

Cleric Hossein Firouzi told AFP Iran's revolution had achieved everything it set out to in terms of military power, political identity and scientific achievements.

  • Jon Douglas