Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, militia members in camouflage fatigues, clerics, and ordinary citizens flocked to the streets of other Iranian cities and towns to commemorate February 11, 1979, when followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted a US -backed monarch, Shah Reza Pahlavi.
After decades of hostility with the United States, the Islamic Republic vowed to increase its military strength despite mounting pressure from Western countries.
An Iranian girl poses with a potrait of the country's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei with signs reading "Down with USA" and "Down with Israel" during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution by the capital Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) tower in the square of the same name on February 11, 2019.
"The Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", he said.More news: Activision Blizzard Reportedly Planning Massive Layoffs
The large turnout at these state-sponsored rallies comes as Iranians faces rising prices and food shortages which have triggered waves of protests. "But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", Javani told the state news agency IRNA.
One banner read: "Much to the dismay of America, the revolution has reached its 40th year".
The European Union has also criticized Iran over its "destabilizing" ballistic-missile program, its "hostile activities" in several EU member states, and its meddling in countries in the Middle East. "The enemies are now confessing to their defeat", said Rouhani.
Referring to Iran as "the Mother Land", Rouhani said that during the rule of "the traitor Qajar dynasty 205 years ago", large portions of lands were separated from Northern Iran and the caucuses.More news: Hulu’s Catch-22 Teaser Brings the Acclaimed Novel to Life
"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".
Khomeini returned from exile in France two weeks after the Shah and his wife flew to Aswan, Egypt.
The scathing slogans appeared just days after Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said such insults should not be taken personally by USA or Israeli citizens.
The United States and its Arab allies have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution swept the Shah from power in 1979, fearing Khomeini's radical ideology would inspire Islamic militants across the Middle East.More news: Dua Lipa & St. Vincent Perform "Masseduction"/"One Kiss" Mashup at Grammys