Iranian Military Power Is Devoted to National Defense, Says Presiden

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United States President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Tehran for its military and nuclear activities, including the recent ballistic missile tests, saying that Iran is "playing with fire", adding that he would not be as "kind" to Tehran as his predecessor Barack Obama had been.

State Television in Iran reported that millions came out on the streets and joined the rally in all the main cities, and that they all chanted anti-U.S. and anti-Israel slogans.

The 1979 revolution in Iran toppled the USA -backed regime of Shah and brought the country under the leadership of Ayatollah Seyed Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, an event seen as a turning point in Iran's history. "And I want to thank American people for supporting us", said Amir, referring to the American public's opposition to Trump's travel ban. Washington warned that it would no longer "turn a blind eye" to alleged provocations following an Iranian ballistic missile test last week, perceived by the United States as a challenge despite Tehran's insistence to the contrary. But Iran has not taken steps to bar American travelers, making a show of offering visas to a USA freestyle wrestling team to allow it to participate in an worldwide tournament next week. "They should know that the language of threats has never worked with Iran", President Hassan Rouhani told the crowd at Freedom Square. They should learn to respect Iran and Iranians ...

Led by the Founder of the Revolution, Imam Khomeini, Iranians confronted the forces of US-proxy Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi in late 1977 to end his oppressive, cruel and autocratic rule over the country. Some carried pictures of Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Prime Minister Theresa May captioned "Death to the Devil Triangle". The choice of speaker suggested Iran's religious leaders wanted to project a less antagonistic approach than in previous years, when more hardline figures have taken the stage.

In the meantime, Iran has remained a close ally of Syria and supports its legitimate government in the face of foreign-backed militancy.

"Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the USA came along and gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion", Trump added in another tweet. "They used the hashtag on Twitter that said "#lovebeyondflags". Most of the sanctions imposed on Iran were lifted a year ago under the deal.

"In the United States, there are some who are newly in power".

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