13 February, 2019
Addressing tens of thousands of people gathered on Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square on February 11, Rohani also said that Iran was determined to expand its military power and missile program despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies.
Celebrations culminated in Iran on Monday for the February 1-11 period in 1979 when the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile and ousted the pro-Western shah.
"Iran continues to seek nuclear weapons to intimidate people all around the globe and ballistic missiles to use as delivery systems". It later broadcast footage showing crowds across this country of 80 million. 40 years of terror.
Chants of "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain" followed, and demonstrators burned US and Israeli flags.
Elsewhere, the head of the elite Quds Force of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, attended the rally in the southern city of Kerman.
He said: "The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives".
The large crowds at state-supported marches came as Iranians increasingly face economic hardship.
On Feb. 11 that year, Iran's military stood down after days of street battles, allowing the revolutionaries to sweep across the country while the government of US -backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi resigned and the Islamic Republic was born.
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A majority of Iranians blame domestic mismanagement and corruption over foreign sanctions for the economic situation, according to an IranPoll survey published in December 2018.
Later that year, Iranian militants took dozens of people hostage at the US Embassy in Tehran, sparking the first round of sanctions from Washington and causing a lasting rupture in countries' relations.
"The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran".
The usual banners filled the streets with slogans such as, "Death to America, Death to Israel and Victory to Islam". Rather, they are directed at national leaders.
Former public servant Saaghi insisted that it remained paramount for Iranians to stick by the revolution.
They were all castigated in the name of the Islamic revolution.
Before the fireworks, supporters of the revolution shouted chants of "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) from rooftops, recalling the protests that swept Khomeini to power four decades earlier.
"I am very impressed by the strength of the navy", he said, calling it a "primary component" of Israel's defensive and deterrent capabilities.