Trump taunts Iran on 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

"Today the whole world should know that the Islamic Republic of Iran is considerably more powerful than the days of the war", Rouhani said.

Banners held by marchers or hung along the streets bore slogans including "Death to America", "Death to Israel", "we will trample on America", "40 years of challenge, 40 years of USA defeats".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

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 US economic sanctions, re-imposed in November.

In July 2017, Bolton told an MEK gathering convention that "the outcome of the president's policy review should be to determine that the Ayatollah Khomeini's 1979 revolution will not last until its 40th birthday".

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.

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. Tehran denies the charge, insisting its satellite launches and rocket tests do not have a military component. "Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", he said.

After Israel bombed Iranian facilities near Damascus International Airport in broad daylight, Iranian forces fired a ground-to-ground missile towards the Israeli annexed Golan Heights.

Mahmoud Hemmati, 35, was pushing his 68-year-old mother, Parivash Fakheri, in a wheelchair.

He said: "I came today to defend the ideals of the revolution".

"40 Years of Failure to accept that Iranians will never return to submission. I don't think you'll have many more anniversaries to enjoy", Bolton concluded.

A pre-prepared resolution was read out ahead of his speech that proclaimed "unquestioning obedience to the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei" and called U.S. President Donald Trump an "idiot".

In January, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran was facing its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled.

Last year, Iran cracked down on protests over poor living standards.

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