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As revolution turns 40, Iran taunts USA, vaunts military

As revolution turns 40, Iran taunts USA, vaunts military

According to Channel 12 news, the factory is meant to focus on producing precision missiles, dramatically upgrading the threat to Israel from the vast arsenal of rockets and missiles deployed against it in southern Lebanon by Iran's proxy, Hezbollah. "The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future", he posted in both English and Farsi.

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

US National Security Adviser John Bolton, who in 2017 expressed hope Iran's "revolution will not reach its 40th birthday", tweeted that after four decades the "Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to fulfill its promises to uphold and safeguard the rights of its citizens".

Reuters could not independently verify the pictures.

Last year, Iran cracked down on protests over poor living standards in over 80 cities and towns that posed the most serious challenge to its clerical leadership since a 2009 revolt over disputed elections.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran are high after the United States withdrew from an global nuclear deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions, and re-imposed sanctions that have hurt the Iranian economy.

Iranians took part in a mass rally in the capital, Tehran to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

President Hassan Rohani blasted a US "conspiracy" against Iran as the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that ended the monarchy and heralded the start of four decades of clerical rule.

But despite the official festivities today´s Islamic republic faces acute economic challenges as it struggles with a mix of domestic hardships and USA sanctions.

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

"The Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties [due to the sanctions] but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", Rouhani said in his address.

"We will not let America become victorious..."

"The United States does not have the courage to fire a single bullet at us despite all its defensive and military assets".

But if the USA does attack, he warned, "We will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground".

Israeli television reported last week that Israel has discovered a new ambitious precision missile factory being constructed by Iran in Syria together with the Syrian government and Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, after Israel bombed and destroyed a previous one.

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).

Regional power Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution swept the Shah from power, fearing Khomeini would inspire Islamic militants across the region.