Earlier, amid nation-wide commemorations marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 triumph of the Islamic Revolution, an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander told Iranian media that the country's military would "raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground" if attacked by the US.
The landmark revolution led to the ouster of United States-backed ruler Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi on February 11, 1979, and the country became the Islamic Republic of Iran under leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
State television showed crowds defying cold rainy weather and carrying Iranian flags while shouting "Death to Israel, Death to America" - trademark chants of the revolution.
'We have not asked and will not ask for permission to develop different types of. missiles and will continue our path and our military power, ' Rouhani said.
Despite mounting global pressure over the country's missile program, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to continue to push the development of such weapons. They end on February 11, the day that the outgoing government collapsed.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran are high after the United States withdrew from an worldwide nuclear deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions, and re-imposed sanctions that have hurt the Iranian economy.
"The presence of people in this celebration means that plots by the enemies ... have been defused", Rouhani said. Iranian state TV, which said millions participated in the celebrations, ran archive footage of the days of the uprising and played revolutionary songs. "They will not achieve their ill-omened aims".
Following reports of a second failed space launch by Iran in less than a month, the U.S. State Department last week called for "tougher worldwide restrictions to deter Iran's missile program".
Iran also has vast clout in Iraq, where Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the overseas arm of the Revolutionary Guards, was frequently photographed guiding Shi'ite militias in the war against Sunni Islamic State militants.
In Tehran, 27-year-old medical student Hossein Hosseinpour, walked with his wife and their 18-month son Amir Ali.
Many people carried pictures of Khomeini, who died in 1989, and Iran's current Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "I don't think you'll have many more anniversaries to enjoy".
"After 40 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to fulfill its promises to uphold and safeguard the rights of its citizens", Bolton tweeted Monday morning.
Today, as part of the jihad-exporting regime's celebration of the Islamic Revolution, the infamously anti-Semitic and anti-Israel government chose to once again casually threaten to attack the Jewish state.
"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.
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