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Published: Mon, February 13, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

Iran's Rouhani 'Better Be Careful' in Comments

Iran's Rouhani 'Better Be Careful' in Comments

"Down with United States of America", it read. The travel ban is being challenged in USA courts.

Relations with the U.S. were tense from the start, because America was closely identified with the Shah's regime, and in November 1979 links with Washington broke down completely when a group of students stormed the USA embassy and took 52 diplomats hostage.

A failed rescue attempt called Operation Eagle Claw resulted in an aborted mission and 8 USA military deaths.

The final hostages were released on January 20, 1981, after President Ronald Reagan was inaugurated - an intentional move by Tehran as a final gesture against former President Jimmy Carter.

The Leader stated that the enthusiastic and exemplary presence in nationwide demonstrations was an wonderful and unique sign of vibrancy and preparedness of the Iranian nation and pointed out, "Those analysts, who pass a judgment on Iran from afar, are unable to understand this grandeur".

On "National Day", Iran celebrates the country's Islamic Revolution of 1979 that ousted the previous secular government under the Shah and replaced it with a theocratic Shia-Islamic led government. While campaigning for office, President Trump repeatedly referred to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as the worst deal ever negotiated.

"The epic presence of the people in the rallies was a powerful punch on the mouth of those talking nonsense, especially the United States president, who, as the Leader of the Islamic Revolution put it, has revealed the true face of the U.S.", he said. Printed US flags and pictures of current and former US presidents were flattened on the road and trampled by some of the participants.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised Sweden, saying that "due to its long relationship with Iran, Sweden is a country with a good reputation in the eyes of our people, and the optimism of nations towards each other will be fertile ground for developing cooperation", Reuters reported.

'No, Iranians will respond to such words with February 10 rallies and will show what is their position toward threats'.

Rouhani, elected in a landslide in 2013 on a pledge to reduce Iran's isolation, is the face of Tehran's deal with the outgoing Obama administration to curb Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of United States and European sanctions.

Responding in an Al Jazeera interview, Iran warned of "dark days" if the USA was to carry out a military attack, insisting its missile test did not violate the historic nuclear deal it reached with Western powers in 2016.

Those who use threatening language against Iran will regret it, said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in reference to recent threats from the new U.S. administration following Iran's ballistic missile test weeks ago. "They should know that the language of threats has never worked with Iran", Rouhani said in a public speech broadcast live on state TV.

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