PA congratulates Iran on anniversary of Islamic Revolution
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 12, 2017,
Feb 12, 2017, 8:12
The rallies take place every year and images broadcast on Iran's state television showed throngs of people holding signs and marching in the streets of central Tehran.
"The most successful playbook from which Donald Trump can borrow remains the one America used in several decades of containing, countering and ultimately defeating the Soviet Union", it says - that means following a programme of "long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment".
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei impassioned many marching on Friday morning, with various protesters echoing his sentiment in comments made to state TV reporters, according to Reuters.
Last week, Mr Trump put Iran "on notice" after a January 29 Iranian missile test and imposed fresh sanctions on individuals and entities.
On Friday Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, a relatively moderate figure who secured a nuclear deal with the west in 2015, addressed the crowd in Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square.
Rallies in Iran marking the anniversary of the 1979 revolution have turned into a display of public anger towards Donald Trump.
All of those arrested were non-Iranian nationals and some of them had links with a ringleader of a Takfiri group who has recently been killed, the minister noted. It is a consistent USA policy to remain hostile towards us, " said Amir, an Iranian engineer.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called the earlier test "unacceptable", while her United Kingdom counterpart, Matthew Rycroft, warned that the test could have a "destabilizing" effect on the Middle East.
It had previously been reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was planning to meet with President Trump.
Rouhani said Iran will not yield to the "language of threats" and will "strongly confront any war-mongering policies" of the new United States administration.
Many Iranians on social media such as Twitter and Facebook used the hashtag #LoveBeyondFlags to urge an end to burning of U.S. flags, a regular feature of these anniversary events.
The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel means that citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries including Iran will continue to be able to travel to the U.S., despite Trump's executive order last month.
A federal appeals court on Thursday refused to reinstate the ban, which a lower court has suspended.
Top advisor to the Leader of Islamic Revolution reiterated that Iran would never abandon its principled stances in the face of mounting pressure from the weeks-old United States administration.