Iran Marks 40th Anniversary of Revolution

Young people born to the children of the revolution often refer to themselves as the'burned generation

Young people born to the children of the revolution often refer to themselves as the'burned generation

National Security Adviser John Bolton on Monday lashed out at the Iranian regime during its 40th anniversary of the Islamic Republic, lambasting the Ayatollahs for "40 years of failure", and predicting: "I don't think you'll have many more to enjoy".

"The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future", the American president added.

Mr Bolton, a leading hawk in the Trump administration's attempt to weaken Iranian influence, was tweeting as a huge crowd in Tehran gathered to celebrate the 1979 revolution, in which Muslim leader Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini ended the centuries-old rule of the royal dynasty.

"We will not let America become victorious - Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties, but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", he said in a speech.

The 10-day period from the return of Imam Khomeini until the revolution's victory is celebrated annually in Iran, and is known as the Ten-Day Fajr (Dawn).

Trump said he envisioned keeping US troops in Iraq "because I want to be able to watch Iran" during an interview with Margaret Brennan of CBS News that aired February 3.

In Tehran, crowds streamed in the rain from a dozen of the capital's far-flung neighbourhoods to mass in central Tehran Azadi, or Freedom Square, on Monday, waving Iranian flags and chanting "Death to America" - a chant that has been standard fare at anti-U.S. rallies across Iran.

This year's anniversary comes as tensions rise with the United States and Iran grapples with the aftermath of President Donald Trump's pullout last May from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and tough US economic sanctions, re-imposed in November. "The enemies are now confessing to their defeat", said Rouhani.

Trump also shared another tweet with the same message in Farsi, which is widely spoken in Iran.

The Shah was the United States' closest ally in the Middle East.

The march culminated at Azadi Square, where President Rouhani addressed the crowd. "But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", Brig.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran that this year could be the last time it celebrates the anniversary if it attacks his country.

"Were this regime to make the bad mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it would not succeed, but it would mean that they had celebrated their last Revolution Day".

"They should take that into account", he said.

The cry of "Death to America" has long featured in the Islamic republic, with leaders and the public alike using it to vent their perception of America's supposed interest in working against the country.

Some Iranians criticise their leaders for what they say are foreign adventures which squander funds.

Today, the United States, its Arab allies and Israel are trying to counter Tehran's growing influence in the Middle East, where it has proxies in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

Iran also has vast clout in Iraq, where Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the overseas arm of the Revolutionary Guards, was frequently photographed guiding Shi'ite militias in the war against Sunni Islamic State militants.