Tehran, Iran, Sept. 22
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed that his country's armed forces will support regional countries in their fight against terrorist groups.
"Our region is awash with insecurity and terror," Rouhani said, promising that terrorists will be duly dealt with.
Iranian president made the remarks at a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Iraq's invasion of Iran back in 1980.
Iranian Armed Forces stage nationwide military parades every year to mark the event. The armed forces also put on display the country's latest defensive achievements.
"Iran is the anchor of stability in the Middle East," he said. "We are standing united to preserve the magnificence of Islam."
The Iranian president once again stressed that Iran has never been and will never be after nuclear weapons.
"We are not after initiating any aggression," Rouhani said.
"We will never surrender to superpowers' pressure," Iranian president said, noting that Iran is not scared of enemies' pressure.
"This nation will never bow to enemies," he noted.
Referring to the Iran-Iraq war, Rouhani said that, "imperial powers stood by dictatorial regime of Saddam in war with Iran."
"West aided Saddam with anything from chemical weapons to spying equipment," he noted, saying that the enemy failed to achieve any of its aims during the war.
"Defense Week is a lesson for us and our enemies," he said, noting that Iranian people will not allow enemies to bring the nation to its knees.
He further said that the Iranian administration will mobilize all its resources to strengthen armed forces.
"We are proud of our armed forces," Rouhani said.