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    Residents of Tehran took to the streets to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated in a address broadcast by local TV that Tehran would continue to expand its military might and the missile programme.

    "We have not asked and will not ask for permission to develop different types of… missiles and will continue our path and our military power," Rouhani said in a speech at the Azadi square in Tehran, where tens of thousands gathered to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

    11 February 1979, which is considered to be the victory day in the Islamic Revolution, marks a day when Iranian military stood down after days of street battles, allowing the pro-revolution forces to sweep across the country, while the government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi resigned.

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