In the capital Tehran, hundreds of thousands of people and officials descended on the iconic Azadi Square, where President Hassan Rouhani called for “a year of unity” in a speech broadcast across the country.
“I request that the 40th year of the revolution, the coming year, be the year of unity. I ask principlists, reformists, moderates and all parties and all people to come and be together,” he said.
Rouhani said the Americans tried to interfere in Iran’s domestic affairs during the riots in late December and early January, but people thwarted their plot through unity and resistance.
The president also touched on the nuclear deal, saying the Americans have sought several times to kill the accord, but their efforts have failed so far.
Trump has set an ultimatum for mid-May, demanding that the US Congress and the Europeans change a 2016 nuclear deal with Iran or see him leave the agreement altogether.
Rouhani also hailed Iran’s achievements in countering terrorism in the region and its assistance to Iraq and Syria to foil a conspiracy by extra-regional enemies to partition the two Arab nations.