Iranian Military Power Is Devoted to National Defense, Says Presiden

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking at a march in Tehran on Friday, warned those using "threatening language" against Tehran would regret it as the regime faces increasingly hawkish rhetoric from the new United States administration.

President Donald Trump said Iran is "playing with fire" by testing ballistic missiles in defiance of a United Nations Security Council resolution.

We congratulate the people and the government of Iran led by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and President Hassan Rouhani on the occasion of their country's National Day.

The White House said on its website upon Trump's inauguration that the US will "develop a state-of-the-art missile defense system to protect against missile-based attacks from states like Iran and North Korea". Anyone confronting Iran will "regret" their aggressive policies, said Rouhani, a moderate who was elected president in 2013. He emphasized that the US should also expand its missile defense system and improve missile-defense-related technologies.

"America and Trump can not do a d*** thing".

US flags were burned as is traditional although many Iranians on social media such as Twitter and Facebook used the hashtag #LoveBeyondFlags to urge an end to flag-burning during the anniversary. They began using the hashtag #LoveBeyondFlags to "end the flag-burning during the anniversary". The sanctions were imposed less than a week after Tehran test-fired a ballistic missile on January 29.

They carried "Death to America" banners and effigies of Trump while a military police band played traditional Iranian revolutionary songs.

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Some marchers distinguished between the American people and the Trump administration - thanking those who had opposed the president's controversial visa ban on the citizens of Iran and six other predominantly Muslim countries.

Trump declared that he has put the Islamic Republic "on notice" and Iran is one of seven countries on the administration's "travel ban" list, which is being challenged in U.S. courts. "And I want to thank American people for supporting us", said Amir, referring to the American public's opposition to Trump's travel ban.

Participants in the march were invited to step on the faces of Trump which was laid on the ground next to U.S. and Israeli flags respectively.

The anniversary celebrations came a week after Trump and his administration said they were putting Iran "on notice" over a recent ballistic missile test they said defied a United Nations resolution.

He added that Iran would continue developing its nuclear-energy program, saying the world understood every country's "natural right" to nuclear power.

Rouhani also asked more and more Iranians to join the rally to "show their unbreakable ties with the Supreme Leader and the Islamic Republic".

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