President Rouhani says Iran will promote and strengthen its missile program

Following US President Donald Trump’s remarks against Iran at the United Nations General Assembly, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says his country will press ahead with its missile program and continue to boost military capabilities in defiance of United States demands to the contrary.

Rouhani spoke during a military parade on Friday commemorating the 36th anniversary of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war. The parades, which began in Tehran and other Iranian cities on Friday morning, feature military units from various divisions of the Armed Forces, including the Army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as well as the Police Force.

The week-long events are held in commemoration of Iranian forces’ eight-year defense of the Islamic Republic in the face of Iraq’s 1980-88 imposed war against the country.

Addressing the massive parades in Tehran, Rouhani said no country could stop the Islamic Republic from strengthening its missile capabilities and defence programs.

“We will promote our defensive and military power as much as we deem necessary,” Rouhani said. “We seek no one’s permission to defend our land.”

The Iranian president added that Iran’s defence power has never been used for an aggressive purpose, while certain world powers export deadly weapons to the Middle East.

Rebutting the accusations by US President Donald Trump in his speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, the Iranian president said Tehran is playing a key role in restoring peace and stability to the region.

He stated, “The great nation of Iran has always pursued peace and security in the region and the world, and has always defended the oppressed people of the world. We will defend the downtrodden people of Yemen, Syria, and Palestine whether you like it or not.”

He slammed Washington and Tel Aviv’s anti-Tehran statements before the UN General Assembly.

He said the US and Israel had isolated themselves by expressing opposition to the nuclear agreement, which is hailed by the entire world community as a win for international diplomacy.

Rouhani once again reiterated Iran’s full commitment to the landmark 2015 nuclear accord with six world powers, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

On Iran, President Trump in his recent UN speech demanded that “Iran’s government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbours.” He also criticized the Iran nuclear deal, calling it, characteristically, “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions” and “an embarrassment.”

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