Iran vows to defend Muslim nations against terrorism, Israel

"The power of our armed forces is not against our southern, northern, eastern and western neighbours," Rouhani said.

By: AP | Tehran | Published: April 17, 2016 2:40 pm
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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday vowed to defend Muslim countries against terrorism and Israel while insisting that its neighbours should not feel threatened.

Speaking during a National Army Day parade in which Iranian forces displayed sophisticated air defence systems recently acquired from Russia, Rouhani praised Tehran’s role in helping the Syrian and Iraqi governments roll back the Islamic State group.

“If tomorrow your capitals face danger from terrorism or Zionism, the power that will give you a positive answer is the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said. But he added that Iran would only help if Muslim countries asked it to, and said its military power was purely for defensive and deterrent purposes.

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“The power of our armed forces is not against our southern, northern, eastern and western neighbours,” he said.

He appear ed to be referring to Gulf Arab states, which have long viewed Iran as seeking to dominate the region. Saudi Arabia and Iran are longtime rivals that back opposite sides in the Syrian and Yemeni civil wars.

During the parade, the army displayed Russian-made S-300 air defence missiles delivered earlier this month.

In 2010, Russia froze a deal to supply the sophisticated systems to Iran, linking the decision to UN sanctions.

President Vladimir Putin lifted the suspension last year following Iran’s deal with six world powers that curbed its nuclear programme in exchange for relief from international sanctions.

The United States and Israel have expressed concern over the missile systems, fearing they could upset the regional balance of military power.

Iran also displayed tanks, light submarines, short-range missiles and other weapons.

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  1. R
    Apr 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm
    lmao ! As if he is going to read all your comments lol ! Go mind your business !
    1. Dan Mishra
      Apr 17, 2016 at 10:50 am
      Mullah ji, first put some bread on the plates of your citizens and clothes on their backs, then you can talk of defending others.
      1. V
        Apr 18, 2016 at 3:41 am
        better defend their own place first....they can defend other places later....big joke!!!
        1. C
          Curious onlooker
          Apr 18, 2016 at 1:41 am
          Iran defending Muslim nations against Islamic terrorists is what they should have done a long time ago. But attacking Israel is another matter and would most likely reduce Iran to burning cinders in the planet. So Iran would do well to mind its language.