Iranian Military Might Only Meant for Self-Defense

Iranian Military Might Only Meant for Self-Defense Iranian Military Might Only Meant for Self-Defense

President Hassan Rouhani stressed that Iran's military might is only meant for self-defense, as the country has never interfered in the internal affairs of other states and has no plans to do so in future.

"Iran's military power is solely meant for defending the country," Rouhani said in a meeting with ambassadors and foreign envoys in Tehran on Thursday during a ceremony held on the eve of the 38th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Press TV reported.

"The Islamic Republic has never invaded any country and has no such intention. Our weapons are meant to defend the country and [we] should not allow certain parties to spread illusions to create unhealthy conditions in the region and the world," he said. Rouhani stated that Iran favors close bonds among nations, saying that governments are duty-bound to help bring nations closer to take advantage of common interests.

"Some 38 years ago, the biggest revolution in the region and the world became victorious in Iran through reliance on the people and despite the support offered to the past dictatorial regime of Iran by many countries," he said.

On Friday, hundreds of thousands of Iranians poured onto the streets across the country to mark the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which put an end to the monarchical rule of the US-backed Pahlavi regime. The rallies came at a time of increased belligerence against Iran by the new US administration of President Donald Trump.

US officials have recently ratcheted up their hostile remarks toward the Islamic Republic using Iran's recent missile tests as excuse.

Iran argues that its missile program is an inalienable right of the Iranian nation under international law and the United Nations Charter to boost its national defense.

The Islamic Republic has always stressed that its military might poses no threat to other countries and is in line with the country's plan to boost its deterrence power.


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