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Netanyahu warns Iran of 'last Revolution Day' after regime's threats on TA

A big flag of Iran waving in the wind in Tehran

Iranians are facing mounting economic hardships which many blame on the country's clerical leaders. "But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", Brig.

Netanyahu's comments came in response to a threat made by Yadollah Javani, the Guard's deputy head for political affairs, who said at a rally celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution that the U.S. "does not have the courage to shoot a single bullet at us despite all its defensive and military assets".

TEHRAN: Iran´s president on Monday insisted "enemy" plots against the country would fail as vast crowds marked 40 years since the Islamic revolution at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

"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", President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square.

State TV showed crowds defying cold rainy weather and carrying Iranian flags while shouting "Death to Israel, Death to America", with some protesters burning American flags.

Life-size replicas of Iranian-made cruise and ballistic missiles stood in a statement of defiance after the United States a year ago reimposed sanctions following its withdrawal from a deal on Tehran´s nuclear programme.

Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution initially inspired both Islamic militants and Islamists across the Mideast. 40 years of repression.

According to Channel 12 news, the factory is meant to focus on producing precision missiles, dramatically upgrading the threat to Israel from the vast arsenal of rockets and missiles deployed against it in southern Lebanon by Iran's proxy, Hezbollah.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran are high after the USA withdrew from an worldwide nuclear deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions, and re-imposed sanctions that have hurt the Iranian economy.

The events Monday were the culmination of official celebrations called the "10 Day Dawn" that marks the period between February 1, 1979 and February 11 when Shiite cleric Khomeini retuned from exile and ousted the shah´s last government.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the threat.

"The Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", he said.

An anchor on state television warned of hostile foreign media trying to downplay the participation of Iranians in the march but expressed confidence that "they would be confounded by the unprecedented level of attendance". They saw the revolution as the starting gun in a competition to push out the strongman Arab nationalism that had taken hold across the Middle East. -Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.