Iran President Hassan Rouhani mentioned on Thursday that the nation’s armed forces weren’t a menace towards any regional nation, as Tehran held an Military Day army parade to unveil its newest army tools amid rising tensions with the USA.
In a ceremony in Tehran, broadcast dwell on state tv, marching troopers handed a podium the place Rouhani and high army commanders had been standing, and locally-designed and produced fighter jets took half for the primary time in an air show.
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Iran additionally unveiled missiles, submarines, armored autos, radars and digital warfare techniques. It additionally confirmed off its Russian S-300 missile protection system.
“I need to inform the regional international locations that the armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran usually are not towards you and your nationwide pursuits. They stand towards invaders… The roots of our issues are the Zionist regime and American imperialism,” Rouhani mentioned.
Iranian armed forces had been extra highly effective than ever, mentioned Rouhani. “We search regional safety and stability, international locations’ sovereignty and finish of terrorism and their actions on this area,” he mentioned.
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Iran has two armies, an everyday one which operates as a nationwide defensive drive, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that was created after the 1979 revolution to guard the Islamic Republic towards each inner and exterior adversaries.
America formally designated the Revolutionary Guards as a international terrorist group on Monday, an unprecedented transfer which was condemned by Iran and created considerations about reprisal assaults on U.S. forces.
Rouhani referred to as the U.S. transfer towards the Guards “abhorrent” and mentioned “Insulting the Revolutionary Guards is an insult to all (Iranian) armed forces, and an insult to Iranian nice nation.”
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Iran’s military has the most important floor drive in Iran and Revolutionary Guards is in charge of a rising arsenal of ballistic missiles.
The parade was canceled in a number of provinces the place the armed forces had been deployed to assist flood-affected individuals. The flooding, which started on March 19, has killed 76 individuals, compelled greater than 220,000 individuals into emergency shelters, and left support companies struggling to manage.
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Rouhani mentioned: “I doubt we are able to discover this degree of unity between individuals and armed forces in another nation.”
Individually, Iran and Oman held a joint naval train and carried out maritime rescue operations within the Gulf, Fars information company reported on Thursday.