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'Death to America': Iranians mark 40 years since Shah's fall

DUBAI: Hundreds of 1000's of Iranians held nation-wide rallies on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the autumn of the Shah and the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi'ite cleric who led an Islamic Revolution that rattles the West to at the present time.

On Febraury 11, 1979, Iran's military declared its neutrality, paving the best way for the collapse of the US-backed monarch, the United States' closest best friend within the Middle East.

State TV confirmed huge crowds wearing Iranian flags and chanting "Death to Israel, Death to America," trademark chants of the revolution.

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

President Hassan Rouhani mentioned Iran was determined to enlarge its military power and ballistic missile programme regardless of mounting pressure from adverse countries to curb Iran's defensive work, state TV reported.

"We have not asked and will not ask for permission to develop different types of ... missiles and will continue our path and our military power," Rouhani mentioned in a speech at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square, where tens of 1000's accumulated to mark the anniversary.

The huge turnout in state-sponsored rallies got here as Iranians face rising costs, meals shortages and high inflation that experience caused waves of protests.

US President Donald Trump pulled out of Iran's 2015 nuclear care for global powers last yr and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran, dealing a blow to the country's financial system. Iranian officers mentioned the transfer amounted to "economic warfare"

Soldiers, students, clerics and black-clad ladies keeping young children, flocked to the streets of cities and towns, many wearing portraits of Khomeini and Iran's current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Regional power Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries have seen Iran with nice suspicion for the reason that Islamic Revolution swept the Shah from power, fearing Khomeini would inspire Islamic militants across the region.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are locked in proxy wars in Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

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