Iran and Israel trade threats of destruction

Iran's president also insisted that Iranians "have not asked and will not ask for permission" to develop different types of missiles, Rohani said. As The Times of Israel notes, "t$3 op political and military leaders in Iran regularly call for Israel's annihilation", so Javani's paean to his regime's genocidal ambitions is not at all unprecedented.

State TV showed crowds defying cold rainy weather and carrying Iranian flags while shouting "Death to Israel, Death to America", trademark chants of the revolution which ousted the United States' most important ally in the Middle East.

Iranians walk past a missile during a rally marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

"This week, Iran marks the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, and what a 40 years it's been". "But it does not mean we support corruption of some officials and their betrayal of the oppressed people".

Last year, the government suppressed protests over poor living conditions in over 80 cities and towns.

Life-size replicas of Iranian-made cruise and ballistic missiles stood in a statement of defiance after the USA a year ago reimposed sanctions following its withdrawal from a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme.

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.

Although the Iranian government has attempted to establish financial mechanisms that would facilitate its trade relations with European powers, its ability to trade internationally has been badly affected by renewed USA sanctions.

But he remained defiant on Monday as Iranians recalled the end of a monarch who catered to the rich.

Later that year, Iranian militants took dozens of people hostage at the US Embassy in Tehran, sparking the first round of sanctions from Washington and causing a lasting rupture in countries' relations.

"Islamic Iran has reached a level... to protect its borders by effective military capabilities, and firmly punish any aggressor", said Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, spokesman for the IRGC.

"I do not ignore the threats of the Iranian regime but neither am I intimidated by them", Netanyahu said in a statement and video issued by his office as Iran celebrated the 40th anniversary of its revolution.

"If this regime makes the awful mistake and tries to destroy Tel Aviv or Haifa, it won't be successful and it will be the last anniversary of their revolution they will ever celebrate".

The Trump administration has pushed hard to weaken Iran and what it says is Tehran's "destabilizing" influence. -Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Vanessa Coleman

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