Iran: We Will Defend Muslim Nations Against Terrorism, Israel

On Sunday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani spoke at National Army Day parade in Tehran, where he vowed to defend Muslim nations against terrorism from the Islamic State and the Jewish state of Israel, commonly referred to as the Zionist entity.“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,” Rouhani said, according to the Associated Press. Rouhani reportedly delivered the comments in front of a mausoleum dedicated to the the founder of Iran’s revolution, the late Ayatollah Khomeini.Rouhani reportedly added that Iran would only help the other nations if Muslim countries requested its aid and insisted that the surrounding Gulf Arab states should not feel threatened, alleging that Iran’s military power would be used for defensive and deterrent purposes. The Islamic Republic seeks a growing hegemony in the region and is at stark odds with Saudi Arabia, as the two nations are backing opposing sides in the ongoing Syrian and Yemeni civil wars.“The power of our armed forces is not against our southern, northern, eastern and western neighbors,” Rouhani reportedly said.On display Sunday were tanks, light submarines, short-range missiles, and other weapons, including a Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile that was delivered to Iran earlier this month.


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