By Middle East Affairs
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani touted Wednesday that his country would make or buy any weapons it needed as its region is under threat by “invading powers,” Reuters reported.
The news agency said fighter jets and bombers flew overhead as missiles and soldiers passed by in a parade on National Army Day. Rouhani, Reuters said, told the Tehran crowd and a live TV audience that Iran’s neighbors should not be afraid.
“We tell the world that we will produce or acquire any weapons we need, and will not wait for their approval … We tell our neighboring countries that our weapons are not against you, it’s for deterrence,” he 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,” he added.
The comments come in light of Iran running into issues with the 2015 agreement it signed, promising to curb its nuclear missile program. The other signatories – the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany – promised in return to lift sanctions that had crippled Iran’s economy.
U.S. President Donald Trump, however, told the European signatories that if they didn’t fix what he called “terrible flaws” in the deal, he would not issue scheduled waivers May 12 to relieve Iran of United States sanctions.
Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran in hopes that Trump would stay in the deal, but the European Union Commission has yet to agree on them.