Home > News > World
Friday April 18, 2014 MYT 4:55:02 PM
Friday April 18, 2014 MYT 4:56:50 PM
by parisa hafezi
ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles at an annual parade in Tehran, state television reported on Friday.
Chanting "God is Greatest", troops paraded missiles carriers, some bearing banners saying "Death to America" and "Death to Israel", armoured personnel carriers and unmanned surveillance aircraft as well as small submarines with men wearing aqua-lungs alongside.
Unlike hardline predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rouhani did not use his speech to lash out at the United States and Israel, which Tehran refuses to recognise.
"We told the world during the (nuclear) talks and we repeat that we don't support any aggression ... We support dialogue," Rouhani said in the live broadcast.
"We don't attack any country and don't want war but we will firmly confront any aggression against Iran," he said, as helicopters and fighter jets flew overhead and parachutists landed in the parade area in the south of the capital near the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Rouhani, whose election in June paved the way for a major thaw in ties with the West, was referring to the talks with six major powers to hammer out a permanent agreement aimed at resolving the decade-old nuclear standoff.
Under a November preliminary agreement between Iran and the world powers, that took effect on January 20, Iran is to scale back its nuclear activities in exchange for initial relief from international trade and financial sanctions.
The next meeting between Iran, the United States, France, Russia, Germany, China and Britain is set for May 13 in Vienna, where they will start drafting the final agreement.
(Editing by Louise Ireland)
Iran nuclear bomb probe will not be 'endless' - IAEA
Iran says IAEA nuclear inquiry not stalled, will address concerns
Exclusive - Japan, U.S. discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo: Japan officials
Kerry opposes Iran role in anti-Islamic State coalition
Iran wants U.N. atomic agency to condemn Israeli drone 'aggression'
West tells Iran it must address nuclear bomb fears
Venezuelan cartoonist says fired for health satire
Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria
Egypt targets last bastion of Muslim Brotherhood dissent
Bahrain releases prominent human rights activist awaiting trial
France rules out military action in Syria, prepares Iraq strikes
Fit to train
No change so far
Footsteps only and no cars for Spanish Steps
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)