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Scores of Iranian citizens took to the streets across the country on Tuesday to declare that they are “ready for the great battle” against the United States, according to multiple regional reports.
Millions of Iranians reportedly rallied in Tehran and other cities to mark the 35th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution.
Citizens chanted anti-American and anti-Israel slogans while carrying banners that read, “We are ready for the great battle” and “We are eager for the U.S. military option,” according to Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency.
Others were said to be lofting signs that “mocked the U.S. military threats against the country” and some that stated Iranians are “ready for confrontation against the U.S.”
The rally capped a weeklong series of confrontational military threats against the United States by top Iranian military leaders. Iran is also sailing a fleet of warships towards the Atlantic Ocean in response to the U.S. naval presence in the Persian Gulf.
The Obama administration has insisted in recent weeks that despite negotiations, the military option against Iran is still on the table. These comments prompted backlash from Iranian military leaders, who issued a series of confrontational statements threatening to attack the United States.
The threats have been accompanied by the recent test firing of two new ballistic missiles. Iran said the tests are meant to serve as a warning sign to the United States.
Prior to the street rallies, Iranian officials held a “Death to America Grand Prix ceremony,” according to photographs published from the event. Officials at the event mocked President Barack Obama and the United States.
Other reports indicated that Iranian demonstrators on Tuesday “renewed their allegiance to the revolution” and pushed for an Iranian military response to what they called U.S. aggression.
“Any foolish and provocative act by the enemies will receive timely and crushing reaction of the Iranian Armed Forces,” Fars reported the demonstrators as saying.
Iranian officials celebrated the mass demonstrations as a sign that Iranians are proud of their nuclear negotiation team.
“The people’s presence in the … rallies serves as a very powerful backing for the Iranian nuclear negotiation team,” Iranian official Hashemi Rafsanjani was quoted as saying during the rally.
“The high public turnout was even shocking for the enemies,” added the speaker of Iran’s parliament.
Photos said to have been taken during the rally show scores of Iranians in the streets holding balloons, flags, and other banners.