Rouhani: Iranian revolution is ‘thriving’ amid U.S. failure in Middle East

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Iran is thriving 40 years after the Islamic Revolution, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at events marking the anniversary at Azadi Square in Tehran. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also boasted on Twitter that the US was facing ‘forty years of failure’ and that US President Donald Trump should rethink US policy.

The statements form part of a narrative pushed by Tehran amid the anniversary celebrations as the regime seeks to shrug off problems at home and position itself as the main opponent of the US in the Middle East. With an obsessive focus on the US, both Rouhani, Zarif and others directed most of their comments at Washington. In some ways, the statements are a tradition that dates back to the revolution in 1979 and the hostage crisis that began in November of that year…”

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