Rouhani: We are never the 'aggressor' but equally we never give aggressors the chance to act against us
Tehran (IP) -The Iranian President has warned that Iran is not after war but also it never allows aggressors to act against the country.
Iran Press/Iran news: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani who was speaking at armed forces parade on the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the Sacred Defence Week marking the eight year-Iraqi imposed war on Iran, warned that Iran is not after any aggression on any country however and Iran will never let any aggressor to do so against it. The Iranian President also went on to say that US presence in the region has led to insecurity.
In further remarks president Rouhani said: "It was precisely because of Iran's victory in the eight-year-imposed war that today the enemy is at a quandary about what to do with Iran. The enemy does not dare to attack us and it is not sure whether it can confront the formidable and powerful Iranian Armed Forces, and the resilient Iranian nation which will stand solidly against it."
President Rouhani pointedly added: "Just as in the eight years of war the real objective of the enemy was to destroy the Islamic Revolution, today also that objective is the same; they are trying to destroy the Islamic Revolution by waging an economic war against us, by sanctioning us, by threatening us with military force, by waging a psychological war against us and by pressuring the Iranian people."
He added: "We are in favour of logic and negotiations. We will never accept humiliation and surrender. We will defend ourselves and resist, but we will not attack and invade other countries. Equally well, we will not allow aggressors to invade us and violate our borders."
Turning to US presence in this region, Rouhani compared the US and Iranian military presence by saying: "Wherever the Americans appeared in this region, be it in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, the Persian Gulf, or elsewhere, insecurity always followed. You can label them 'as forces of insecurity'. However, wherever the Iranian Armed Forces appeared in this region, security was established. You can think of them as forces of security."
President Rouhani poignantly added: "The Iranian nation resisted eight years of imposed war and today we can and we will resist the arrogant powers."
Referring to the enemy's economic war against Iran, president Rouhani said: "Knowledge-based companies , innovative hi-tech firms, manufacturers, job creators and investors are all soldiers on the front-line of the enemy's economic war against Iran. We can with determination, resilience, and unity put this difficult period behind us, and defeat the enemy."203/211