Iran marks 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Israel’s port city of Haifa is a target in this Iranian game that simulates a missile attack on Israel

One sign read, "Much to the dismay of America, the revolution has reached its 40th year".

The festivities start every year 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.

Shopping was not the revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had in mind when he returned from exile to overthrow Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi 40 years ago.

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.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, during a cabinet meeting Wednesday, echoed Khamenei's remarks, saying: "If the Iranian nation surrenders to the United States, it should surrender until the end".

In a speech at Tehran's Azadi square, President Hassan Rouhani dismissed USA efforts to isolate Iran, saying US sanctions could not break the Islamic Republic. We all became poor.

Iran's malign behavior in the region is a direct and significant threat to the United States' economic and strategic interests and to the American people, and risks triggering a wider conflict.

Iranians carried cardboard cutouts of dogs.

State TV showed a cartoon of the Shah being thrown into the "dustbin of history", wearing clothes in USA colors and holding Iranian newspapers headlined "The Shah has left!"

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

Trump pulled out of the JCPOA in May 2018, claiming that the deal failed to address Iran's missile tests as well as its influence in the region.

"With Iran's support to Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen, the enemies could not succeed in their plots", Rouhani told the rally.

Rouhani also touched upon his country's support to some regional countries, saying its helps have aborted the enemies' plots.

The US is all in the middle of a tour around Central Europe this week, to bolster ties with countries including Poland in exchange for them loosening ties with Iran.

Ballistic missile capabilities were on show during the revolution commemoration, including the Qadr F, a ground-to-ground missile with a 1,950 km (1,220 mile) range, according to Tasnim news agency.

US officials including Pompeo have defended the reimposition of sanctions on Iran, saying the measures are created to alter Tehran's behavior.

Some non-regional powers are planning to leave the region for the same reason, he said, alluding to the recent USA decision to pull its forces out of Syria.

Experts say the moves have taken a heavy toll on Iran's currency and its economy, which was already saddled with high unemployment, entrenched corruption, and opaque levers of control. We saw this trajectory in the 20th century when the imperialist powers who ignited World War II took a different path and are now some of our greatest democratic allies and economic partners.

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