On revolution anniversary, Iran vows to expand missile programme

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, addressing thousands in Tehran, says the country will continue to expand its ballistic missile programme.

Addressing crowds gathered in Tehran celebrate the 40th anniversary of the revolution that broke Iran free of US dominance, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran does not need and does not seek permission for its ballistic missile programme.

Thousands of Iranians rallied in Azadi (Freedom) Square in central Tehran to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution and hear the president’s remarks.

The Islamic Republic has disproven some American officials who said that it would not last 40 years and, on this year’s anniversary, Iranians are promising continued resilience against what government officials have said is the most hostile US administration in decades.

Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports from Tehran.