Iran's Islamic Revolution Meant "40 Years Of Failure": Trump Advisor

Young people born to the children of the revolution often refer to themselves as the'burned generation

Young people born to the children of the revolution often refer to themselves as the'burned generation

The leaders spoke at a rally marking 40 years since the Islamic revolution, a political natural disaster that ended millennia of monarchy and still reverberates around the region.

Tensions between the two Middle Eastern powers have been smouldering in recent years over Israeli lobbying to get the USA to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, and continued Israeli airstrikes in Syria, which Israel claims target Iranian forces and military installations.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Iran was determined to expand its military power and ballistic missile programme despite mounting pressure from hostile countries to curb Iran's defensive work, local TV reported. Iranian state TV, which said millions participated in the celebrations, ran archive footage of the days of the uprising and played revolutionary songs.

"After 40 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to fulfill its promises to uphold and safeguard the rights of its citizens", Bolton tweeted Monday morning.

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.

The Iranian people "will not stop saying "Death to America" as long as the USA acts malicious" toward Iran, Khamenei said, referring to Trump's State of the Union address in which the American president, among other things, said: "We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants death to America".

"The Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties [due to the sanctions] but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", Rouhani said in his address.

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The celebrations included several instance of muscle flexing, including the launch and test of new missiles, which would put Israel squarely within precise range of the Iranian armed forces.

Trump also shared another tweet with the same message in Farsi, which is widely spoken in Iran. "But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", Javani was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA, according to Reuters. One had the face of Trump and the other the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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

Former public servant Saaghi insisted that it remained paramount for Iranians to stick by the revolution. "I am not ignoring the threats of the Iranian regime, but nor I am impressed by them", he said.

Iran also has vast clout in Iraq, where Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the overseas arm of the Revolutionary Guards, was frequently photographed guiding Shi'ite militias in the war against Sunni Islamic State militants.

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