Iran says will firmly deter any attacks as military displays might

ANKARA Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:24am EDT

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during an event to mark Nawroz, the Persian New Year, in Kabul March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during an event to mark Nawroz, the Persian New Year, in Kabul March 27, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Omar Sobhani

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles at an annual parade in Tehran, state television reported on Friday.

Chanting "God is Greatest", troops paraded missiles carriers, some bearing banners saying "Death to America" and "Death to Israel", armored personnel carriers and unmanned surveillance aircraft as well as small submarines with men wearing aqua-lungs alongside.

Unlike hardline predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rouhani did not use his speech to lash out at the United States and Israel, which Tehran refuses to recognize.

"We told the world during the (nuclear) talks and we repeat that we don't support any aggression ... We support dialogue," Rouhani said in the live broadcast.

"We don't attack any country and don't want war but we will firmly confront any aggression against Iran," he said, as helicopters and fighter jets flew overhead and parachutists landed in the parade area in the south of the capital near the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Rouhani, whose election in June paved the way for a major thaw in ties with the West, was referring to the talks with six major powers to hammer out a permanent agreement aimed at resolving the decade-old nuclear standoff.

Under a November preliminary agreement between Iran and the world powers, that took effect on January 20, Iran is to scale back its nuclear activities in exchange for initial relief from international trade and financial sanctions.

The next meeting between Iran, the United States, France, Russia, Germany, China and Britain is set for May 13 in Vienna, where they will start drafting the final agreement.

(Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Comments (3)
itsmysayokay wrote:
“We don’t attack any country and don’t want war but we will firmly confront any aggression against Iran,” he said,
Hypocrite!
Then why are you meddling in Syria using your proxy Hezbollah?
Huh….you are attacking the rightful groups who are defending their Country of Syria. So technically you are attacking another country.

Apr 18, 2014 4:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ff11 wrote:
Iran is was asked for support by Syria, it’s ally. It is providing that support to the Syrian government in its defense against Al-Qaeda and other Islamist terrorist groups. So they are not attacking another country, technically or otherwise.

Apr 18, 2014 9:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChangeIranNow wrote:
Iran’s efforts to loosen the stranglehold of economic sanctions includes doing whatever it takes while still preserving the infrastructure of its nuclear weapons capability. The reduction in enriched fuel is meaningless without a concurrent reduction in the number of centrifuges it operates or the use of a heavy water reactor to produce more fissionable material from unmonitored unenriched uranium fuel. In fact, Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi recently said the rogue state would need an additional 30,000 centrifuges of a newer, more efficient model that were originally banned under an agreement Iran signed on to with six Western nations only last year. If Iran can walk away from an agreement it signed just last year, why does anyone think they would be any more compliant with any future agreements? Iran simply wants access to restricted oil monies that it can use to fund its support of Assad in Syria, the terror group Hezbollah, fellow Shiites in Iraq and for future nuclear development.

Apr 19, 2014 5:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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