During a ceremony held to celebrate National Army Day in Iran on Wednesday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic will “produce or procure any weapons” that it needs to defend itself.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Army has protected the country against foreign conspiracies through its deterrent power,” Rouhani said, according to Iran’s state-run Tasnim News Agency. “The aggressive powers have nested around us and have an illegitimate presence (in the region). In this situation, we need a powerful and deterrent armed force not only to prevent an invasion by aggressors, but also to protect the country from terrorists who cast a greedy eye onto our lands.”
Rouhani added, “(Therefore,) we will produce or procure any weapons that the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) need for defense.”
The parade, which began Wednesday morning, reportedly took place near the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. His tomb is located in southern Tehran.
Members of Iran’s Ground Force, Navy, Air Force, and Air Defense Force reportedly participated in the parade and some of Iran’s new weapons were also put on display.
According to Iran’s state-run Press TV, “Iran’s latest domestically manufactured missile system called Kamin-2 was unveiled. It is a portable device designed to target enemy drones flying in low altitude.”
The publication added, “Among other defense hardware put on display were the country’s other missile systems, including S-300, S-200, Tabas and Sayyad, as well as radar systems, tanks, armored vehicles and sniper rifles.”
During the parade, Rouhani reportedly said the country’s defense program was peaceful and that Iran has no intention to invade other countries or harm their interests.
Rouhani reportedly emphasized that Iran’s policy towards other nations was one of “good neighborliness” and said that Iran’s history shows it has never invaded other countries and has been helpful to them.
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