Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

Every year, the anniversary festivities start on February 1 - the day Khomeini returned home from France after 14 years in exile to become the supreme leader as Shiite clerics took power - and continue for 10 days, climaxing on February 11.

On Monday, Iranian state television broadcast images of people carrying Iranian flags and standing out in cold, rainy weather.

"Iran continues to seek nuclear weapons to intimidate people all around the globe and ballistic missiles to use as delivery systems".

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.

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

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned USA 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.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that the Iranian government had let down its people.

"40 years of corruption".

Imam Khomeini had lived many years in exile, in Iraq and France, before returning home and leading a historical revolution that overthrew Pahlavi regime. 40 Years of Failure to adjust USA policy to reality.

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

The large crowds at state-supported marches came as Iranians increasingly face economic hardship.

Iranian state TV, which said millions participated in the celebrations, ran archive footage of the days of the uprising and played revolutionary songs.

Reuters could not independently verify the pictures.

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

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 his address on Tehran's Azadi Square, Rohani said the "enemy will never reach its evil objectives", vowing that Iran will defeat USA sanctions.

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting on forming a constitutional committee in Syria at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Dec. 18, 2018.

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