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hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the snowy streets on Monday to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Islamic revolution that message death to Israel death to America soldiers students cleric some black clad women holding small children flocked to the streets of cities and towns nationwide rallies chin on state TV were held to mark for decades since the fall of the Shah and the transfer of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini the Shia cleric who led the revolution that continues to wrestle the west to this day on the eleventh of February nineteen seventy nine Iran's army declared its neutrality that's pave the way for the collapse of the US backed moan at that point the United States its closest ally in the Middle East addressing the crowns on Monday president Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would stop time and to expand its military power and ballistic missile program despite mounting pressure from hostile countries to curb Iran's defensive what state TV reported , the launch tenant in the state sponsored rallies comes as Iranian space rising prices food shortages and high inflation that triggered waves of protests US president Donald Trump pulled out of the runs twenty fifteen nuclear deal with world powers last year he re imposed sanctions on tax from which hit the country's economy Iranian officials claim to me amounted to economic blow fat supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week that death to America meant death to trump his policies and his lieutenants Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries have viewed around with great suspicion since the Islamic revolution swept the shock from power they fears Khamenei would inspire Islamic militants across the region