Militant Iran Taunts US on Revolution's 40th Birthday

Militant Iran Taunts US on Revolution's 40th Birthday

Militant Iran Taunts US on Revolution's 40th Birthday

Some Iranians criticise their leaders for what they say are foreign adventures which squander funds.

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

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.

He vowed to boost Iran's military and ballistic missile program.

Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of Iranians held nation-wide rallies to mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of the Shah and the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shiite cleric who led an Islamic Revolution that rattles the West to this day. 40 Years of Failure to adjust United States policy to reality.

They were all castigated in the name of the Islamic revolution.

Journalist Mikey Kay recalled in this vein that Bolton has spoken at least eight times at rallies organised by MEK (Mojahedin-e Khalq), an Iranian dissident group which calls for regime change in Iran and is known to pay up to $50,000 per speech.

USA sanctions have hit Iran's economy hard, angering low-income Iranians who have carried out sporadic protests and strikes over the past year.

This year's anniversary comes as tensions rise with the United States and Iran grapples with the aftermath of President Donald Trump's pullout last May from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and tough USA economic sanctions, re-imposed in November.

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 has confirmed the Israeli army hit targets in Syria in an attempt to discourage Iran from gaining a foothold there.

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

On Monday, Iran issued fresh warnings to Israel as the country celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

Washington and the Arab world have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution, fearing Khomeini's radical ideology would inspire militants across the Middle East.

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

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