Amid chants of ‘Death to Israel,’ Iran leader calls for ‘win-win’ nuke deal

Iranians gather in Tehran’s Azadi Square (Freedom Square) for a rally to mark the 36th anniversary of the Islamic revolution on February 11, 2015. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE)

Iran marked the 36th anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution on Wednesday as the country continues negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear program.

State television aired footage of commemorations in Tehran and elsewhere across the country. Some participants chanted “Down with the US” and “Death to Israel.”

Speaking at a rally in Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani addressed the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Western powers, saying that Tehran seeks “constructive interaction” with the world, while preserving its interests.

“We seek a win-win agreement, according to which Iran would [guarantee] the transparency of its peaceful nuclear activities within the framework of international law and the opposite side should put an end to inhumane and illegal sanctions. This will benefit both sides,” said Rouhani, according to the Iranian Press TV.

The president also lashed out at the “Zionists” who he said “have made all efforts to scuttle negotiations”…