Hard-line Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has vowed to buy or make any weapons it needs to defend itself from ‘invading powers’ as Israel braces itself for an attack from Tehran
President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would make or buy any weapons it needed to defend itself in a region beset by ‘invading powers’, as the military paraded missiles and soldiers in front of him on National Army Day.
Fighter jets and bombers flew overhead as Rouhani told the Tehran crowd and a live TV audience on Wednesday that Iran’s forces posed no threat to its neighbours.
Iranian leader President Hassan Rouhani, centre, has vowed make or buy any weapons to defend itself from ‘invading powers’ during a major display of military might
Among the military hardware on display was this S-300 air defence missile
There were also several older S-200 air defence missiles on display during the military parade
‘We tell the world that we will produce or acquire any weapons we need, and will not wait for their approval … We tell our neighbouring countries that our weapons are not against you, it’s for deterrence,’ Rouhani said.
‘We are not living in a normal region, and we see invading powers have built bases around us. Disregarding the principles of international law, they intervene in regional affairs and invade other countries without U.N. permission,’ Rouhani added.
U.S., British and French forces pounded Iran’s ally Syria with air strikes early on Saturday in retaliation for a suspected April 7 chemical weapons attack, which they blame on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syriaâs war, in a bid to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.
Personnel from all branches of the Iranian military were participating in today’s parade
Not all of the hardware on display looked cutting edge such as this air defence gun
Several Iranian Army helicopters including this Bell AH-1 Cobra were involved in the parade
Trump has delivered an ultimatum to the European signatories to fix what he saw as the ‘terrible flaws’ of the deal, threatening to refuse to extend U.S. sanctions relief on Iran.
U.S. sanctions will resume unless Trump issues fresh waivers to suspend them on May 12.
Iran was also showing off some of their fleet of Boeing Chinook helicopters during the parade
Dozens of types of missiles were driven past a mausoleum containing the remains of Ayatollah Khomeini outside Tehran to mark National Army Day
Rouhani told the parade: ‘We are not living in a normal region, and we see invading powers have built bases around us. Disregarding the principles of international law, they intervene in regional affairs and invade other countries without U.N. permission’
Now, Israel is bracing itself for an attack directly from Iran, launched by the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, to avenge the seven dead soldiers killed on April 9.
The IDF reportedly believe an attack by the Iranian army will be launched from one of the bases they control in allied Syria – and have warned Tehran against any action.
‘Israel will react strongly to any Iranian action from inside Syria,’ senior IDF source told Sky News according to JPost.
Israel, which has often struck Syrian army locations during its neighbour’s seven-year civil war, has neither confirmed nor denied mounting the raid.
But Israeli officials said the Tiyas air base was being used by troops from Iran and that Israel would not accept such a presence in Syria of its arch foe.
Iran’s Tansim news agency said seven Iranian military personnel had been killed in the attack, which contributed to a sharp escalation of tensions between the West and Russia.
‘(The Tiyas strike) was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets – both facilities and people,’ New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman quoted the Israeli military source as saying.
Friedman described the seven Iranians killed as members of the Qods Force, a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps that oversees operations abroad, and one of them as a commander of a drone unit.
Asked about the claim of Israeli responsibility cited in the New York Times article, which was published on Sunday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said: ‘There is no comment at this time.’
While acknowledging that it has carried out scores of strikes in Syria against suspect Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas, Israel generally does not comment on specific missions.