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Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned US flags to mark the revolution's 40th anniversary on Monday as Tehran showed off ballistic missiles in defiance of USA efforts to curb its military power.

On Feb. 11, 1979 Iran's army declared its neutrality, paving the way for the fall of US -backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

In Tehran, crowds streamed in the rain from a dozen of the capital's far-flung neighborhoods to mass in central Tehran Azadi, or Freedom Square, waving Iranian flags and chanting "Death to America" - a chant that has been standard fare at anti-U.S. rallies across Iran.

"Much to the dismay of America, the revolution has reached its 40th year", read one banner.

In a speech at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square, Rouhani said USA efforts to separate Iran from other countries would fail.

Short for "Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges", INSTEX was registered after months of negotiations and technical talks in the wake of the United States administration's unilateral exit a year ago from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. She said her photo was also used by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last July, when he called on members of the Iranian diaspora in the U.S. to back economic protests in Iran.

Rouhani also promised the crowds that Iran would overcome the economic hardship amid the country's spiraling economy and the newly imposed USA sanctions.

The US has resumed a secret operation to destroy Iran's missile program, the New York Times reports.

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Iranians are facing mounting economic hardships which many blame on the country's clerical leaders.

Two Iranian rocket failures so far this year can be chalked up to United States sabotage efforts, the New York Times, citing more than six current and former government officials who told the paper these botched satellite launches are part of an 11-year "pattern".

Some Iranians criticize their leaders for what they say are foreign adventures which squander funds.

Deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) has said that Islamic Republic's policies depend on the conduct of its enemies, and enemies should not ask "Iran to leave the region because they are the ones who should leave".

Rouhani also touched upon his country's support to some regional countries, saying its helps have aborted the enemies' plots.

During this year's ten-day Fajr (Dawn) celebrations, which precedes anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Tehran unveiled new missiles to highlight its latest achievements. Not only does Iran threaten the Straits of Hormuz, but through its Houthi proxies, Tehran is also trying to establish a beach head on Yemen's coastline, which would represent an unprecedented capacity to threaten two of the world's great shipping lanes simultaneously.

The rallies in the Iranian cities were coupled with anti-U.S. sentiments reflected in the slogans.

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