Iran marked the 39 anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in massive parades around the country on Sunday morning. Demonstrators participated in anti-US and anti-Israeli rallies as ballistic missiles were paraded in the streets of Tehran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reportedly told the crowds that Iran was gathering “to help each other and disappoint enemies.”
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Hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets on Sunday morning in the annual parades marking the 39 anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in the country. As part of the celebrations in Tehran, ballistic missiles were paraded amid anti-Israel and US demonstrations at the city’s main square.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and several IRGC commanders also took part in the elaborate event, which comes amid tensions surrounding the recent downing of an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace. According to a report in Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency, Rouhani told the crowds that Iran was gathering “to help each other and disappoint enemies.” In addition, IRNA reported that demonstrators branded the US as Iran’s “number one enemy” during the rallies.
Meanwhile, Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency cited the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) second-in-command, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, as saying that the country’s missile capabilities were not up for negotiation with the West. Salami reportedly clarified that the nuclear deal Iran has signed “is not related” to its missile development, which is part of the country’s defense system.