Iran's president vows to resist U.S. sanction pressures

In the wake of reaffirmation of Tehran's readiness to attack Israel and America by top-ranking Iranian officials, US National Security Advisor John Bolton told Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who celebrated 40 years since the Islamic revolution in Iran, that "I don't think you'll have many more anniversaries to enjoy".

On 11 February 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei came to power in Iran, replacing Shah Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi's Western-backed government, turning the country into an Islamic Republic.

"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.

"If this regime makes the bad 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". They end on February 11, the day that the outgoing government collapsed.

Prices of bread, cooking oil and other staples have soared since President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 nuclear deal previous year and reimposed sanctions.

European signatories of the 2015 deal, under which Tehran pledged to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief, have been trying to save the accord.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israeli forces had carried out another strike in Iran-aligned Syria, a day after the Syrian army said an Israeli drone fired missiles near a demolished hospital and an army observation post.

Washington alleges Iran's launches defy a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Iran to undertake no activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Rouhani also promised the crowds that Iran would overcome the economic hardship amid the country's spiraling economy and the newly imposed US sanctions. The formation of an action group against Iran by the U.S. Department of State can be analyzed and evaluated from different dimensions.

Ahead of the celebrations, Iranian officials announced that up to 50,000 prisoners would either be released or have their sentences reduced.

Pictures on social media showed some people also demonstrating against corruption, unemployment and high prices.

It was not clear whether the amnesty would also apply to political prisoners. "They must leave the region", said Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Vanessa Coleman

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