TEHRAN – Millions of Iranians from all walks of life held rallies across the country to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on Tuesday.
In the capital, hundreds of thousands of people converged on the streets leading to Azadi Square, where President Hassan Rouhani addressed the people.
The demonstration in Tehran was covered by over 200 foreign correspondents and photojournalists.
Some marchers carried pictures of the late Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, and Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the current Leader of the Islamic Revolution.
Almost all senior and mid-ranking officials attended the demonstrations, and they praised the people for their massive and glorious participation in the national marches.
A number of foreign diplomats based in Tehran also attended the demonstration in the capital.
In his speech, Rouhani said, “The government’s approach in the area of foreign policy is moderation, neither surrender nor compromise, neither passivity nor confrontation.
“The government wants effective and constructive interaction (with the world) on an equal footing based on dignity, wisdom, expedience, mutual trust, and within the framework of the Supreme Leader’s guidelines.”
He added that Iran is seeking to strengthen its relations with regional countries, especially its neighbors, and “we have taken very effective measures to this end.”
The president also commented on Iran’s nuclear talks with world powers, saying that the negotiations show Iran’s good will and its pursuit of peace.
“In the negotiations, we wanted to tell the world that the sanctions against Iran are unfair, illegal, and ill-advised, and the world cannot go ahead with sanctions against this nation.”
The people should know that the government will take the necessary steps to get the sanctions lifted, Rouhani said.
The president also said, “I clearly announce that the movement of the Iranian nation toward the advancement of peaceful nuclear technology will be permanent.”
Threats against Iran are childish
Commenting on threats of military action against Iran over its nuclear program, Rouhani said, “There is no military option against Iran on any table in the world.”
The president added, “I loudly say that threat against the Iranian nation is ‘useless’ and ‘childish’ because our nation over the past 35 years has withstood against different kinds of threats (by) enemies and emerged victorious.”
The president also said the Iranian nation “considers the language of threat as unlawful and impolite.”
He also said that he will honor the promises he had made to the people during his election campaign.
Foreign policy is not a factional issue
Rouhani went on to say that the Supreme Leader, the president, the government and the national interests of the nation shape the country’s foreign policy.
“Some individuals should know that foreign policy will be within the framework of the national interests and it is not a factional or party issue.”
He added, “We all should join hands and be united… and know that we will be victorious in face of all kinds of plots.”