Iran marks Islamic revolution anniversary

Iran holds annual celebrations commemorating its 1979 revolution for the first time since nuclear deal was finalized and sanctions lifted

Iran marks Islamic revolution anniversary

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iranians waved various banners and took selfies with a ballistic missile Thursday as they marked 37 years since the Islamic revolution, weeks after Iran finalised a nuclear deal with world powers.

In the capital, hundreds of thousands converged on the historic Azadi (Freedom) Square, where President Hassan Rouhani was set to make a speech.

Many demonstrators carried the Iranian flags.

Iran holds annual celebrations commemorating its 1979 revolution, but Thursday was the first since a landmark deal with world powers -- including the United States -- was finalised, paving the way for punishing economic sanctions on Tehran to be lifted. 

The deal has seen a host of foreign investors declare interest in Iran, an unblocking of frozen Iranian assets held abroad and a warming of ties between the Islamic republic and the West. 

Revolutionary Guards were present on Thursday, displaying a long-range Imad ballistic missile in central Tehran. Many people were taking selfies with the missile.

Last October, Iran "successfully" tested the new missile, which Tehran says has a range of 1700 kilometres (1050 miles).

Local media also published images of General Qassem Suleimani, chief of the Guards' Quds special forces, marching in the rally.

Louis Farakkhan, leader of the American group Nation of Islam, was also to make a speech as honarary guest after Rouhani. 

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other leaders had called in recent days for mass participation in rallies in a bid to demonstrate national unity.

Last Mod: 11 Şubat 2016, 11:07
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