|Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during a rally to mark the 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution at Azadi (liberty) Square in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 10, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians, carrying flags and banners in support of the Islamic administration, celebrated nationwide the 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution on Sunday. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)|
TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of thousands of Iranians, carrying flags and banners in support of the Islamic administration, celebrated nationwide the 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution on Sunday.
The 1979 revolution toppled the U.S.-backed regime of Shah and brought the country under the leadership of Ayatollah Seyyed Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, an event seen as a turning point in Iran's history.
People in major Iranian cities swarmed to the streets on Sunday, carrying images of the late founder of the Islamic republic, Imam Khomeini, and his successor, incumbent Iran's leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei; while in the Azadi (Liberty) Square in the capital Tehran, people were chanting anti-U.S. and anti-Israel slogans when marking the day.
Addressing a large crowd of people gathered at Tehran's Azadi Square, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the Islamic republic "will not back down on its fundamental rights even a single iota" in the face of pressures.
Ahmadinejad made the remarks alluding to Western sanction pressure to curb the country's controversial nuclear program which the West considers as "suspicious" and Iran insists on its " peaceful" nature.
His remarks is significant in that hopes have recently been raised to find a way to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue during the upcoming nuclear talks between the world powers and Iran scheduled for Feb. 26 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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