August 21, 2018 / 7:06 AM / a month ago

Iran must develop military to guard against other powers: president

LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the country had to develop its military forces to prevent other states taking over its territory and resources.

FILE PHOTO: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo

“We should make ourselves ready to fight against the military powers who want to take over our territory and our resources,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television on National Defence Industry Day.

Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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