Waving Iranian flags, chanting "Death to America" and burning USA and Israeli flags, hundreds of thousands of people poured out onto the streets across Iran on Monday, marking the date that's considered victory day in the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution. It is not widely acknowledged that the British government played a crucial role in supporting the leader for years before and after the Islamic Revolution.
State TV showed crowds braving the snow, shouting "Death to Israel, Death to America", with some protesters burning American flags.
Some of the protesters burned US flags.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israeli forces had carried out another strike in Iran-aligned Syria, a day after the Syrian army said an Israeli drone fired missiles near a demolished hospital and an army observation post. It later broadcast footage showing crowds across the country of 80 million.
Tehran's downtown Enghelab, or Revolution Street, is decorated with huge balloons.
Every year, the anniversary festivities start on February 1 - the day Khomeini returned home from France after 14 years in exile to become the supreme leader as Shiite clerics took power - and continue for 10 days, climaxing on February 11.
Prices of basic foodstuffs have soared since President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from world powers' 2015 nuclear deal with Iran previous year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
The march culminated at Azadi Square, where President Rouhani addressed the crowd. "They will not achieve their ill-omened aims".
"But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", Yadollah Javani, the Guards' deputy head for political affairs said during a rally celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. "Iran continues to seek nuclear weapons to intimidate people all around the globe and ballistic missiles to use as delivery systems". Tehran denies the charge, insisting its satellite launches and rocket tests do not have a military component.
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Reza Pahlavi, the exiled former crown prince of Iran, said in an interview with RFE/RL's Radio Farda that he thinks "we are really close to the fall of the [Iranian] regime".
"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.
Iranians march towards Azadi Square during Monday's rally.
In Tehran, 27-year-old medical student Hossein Hosseinpour, walked with his wife and their 18-month son Amir Ali.
One sign read, "Much to the dismay of America, the revolution has reached its 40th year".
In January, Rouhani said Iran was dealing with its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled.
Earlier, Trump's chief foreign policy advisor John Bolton issued a similar statement, tweeting that "it's been 40 yrs of failure".
Last year, Iran cracked down on protests over poor living standards.