Photos: Iranians rally in millions to mark Revolution victory
Millions of the Iranians take to the streets nationwide to mark the 36th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in 1979.
The capital Tehran and other cities and towns are witnessing rallies in celebration of the victory that put an end to the monarchical rule of the US-backed Pahlavi regime.
Rouhani’s nuclear speech
Addressing a massive gathering of people celebrating the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Tehran on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said:”We seek a win-win agreement, according to which Iran would [guarantee] the transparency of its peaceful nuclear activities within the framework of international law and [in return] the opposite side should put an end to inhumane and illegal sanctions [against Iran]. This will benefit both sides,” Rouhani said.
He further dismissed claims by Western countries that sanctions have forced Iran to sit at the negotiating table.
“That you say Iran has come to the negotiating table because of sanctions is a lie. Iran has not come to the negotiating table due to the pressure of sanctions, [but] on account of logic and to establish peace and stability in the region and the world,” Rouhani said. “If you say that sanctions have forced Iran to negotiate, why don’t you keep imposing sanctions [on Iran]? Stop telling lies and be honest with your nations,” he said.
Rouhani said that the West has no option but to interact with the Islamic Republic, stressing that Iran is afraid of neither sanctions nor pressure.
He also said Iran wants a nuclear deal that ensures the dignity and progress of the nation.
Rouhani on terrorism
The Iranian president also touched on the issue of terrorism in the Middle East and said peace will not be restored and terrorism will not be uprooted in the region without engaging Iran.
Rouhani described the Islamic Republic as “the power” that helped Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and other regional countries in their fight against terrorist groups.
He also said these rallies indicate the reaffirmation of the Iranian nation’s allegiance to the Islamic Revolution.
Rouhani said that the Iranian nation wants “constructive interaction” with the world, but stressed that the Islamic Republic will continue to protect its interests and remain committed to the Revolution’s principles and ideals.
On the 22nd day of the month of Bahman on the solar calendar year of 1357, Iranians put an end to 2,500 years of monarchical rule in the country.
The Islamic Revolution, under the leadership of Imam Khomeini, established a new political system based on Islamic values and democracy.