Islamic revolution four decades ago in Iran has been a complete failure for the country, President Donald Trump has said. In a tweet written on the anniversary of the upheaval that was also sent out in Farsi, Trump said: "40 years of corruption. 40 years of repression. 40 years of terror. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure. "The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future," he added. Earlier, Donald Trump's chief foreign policy advisor John Bolton tweeted that "it's been 40 yrs of failure. Now it's up to the Iranian regime to change its behavior, & ultimately up to the Iranian people to determine the direction of their country."
40 years of corruption. 40 years of repression. 40 years of terror. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure. The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future. pic.twitter.com/bA8YGsw9LA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2019
Bolton said Washington would support "the will of the Iranian people, & stand behind them to ensure their voices are heard."
Bolton, a leading hawk in the Trump administration's attempt to weaken Iranian influence, was tweeting as a huge crowd in Tehran gathered to celebrate the 1979 revolution, in which Muslim leader Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini ended the centuries-old rule of the royal dynasty.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Iranians they should resist a "conspiracy" involving Washington. "The world saw when Iran decided to help people of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen, they achieved victory. The enemies are now confessing to their defeat," said Rouhani.
The Trump administration has pushed hard to weaken Iran and what it says is Tehran's "destabilizing" influence.
The two countries have not had diplomatic relations since 1980, and Trump has pulled the United States from an international agreement meant to reward Iran for giving up nuclear weapon ambitions.
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned U.S. flags on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shia cleric who toppled the Shah in an Islamic Revolution that rattles the West.
On Feb 11, 1979, Iran's army declared its neutrality, paving the way for the collapse of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the United States's closest ally in the Middle East.
One banner read: "Much to the dismay of America, the revolution has reached its 40th year," CBC News reported.