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Iran's Hassan Rouhani urges regional powers to unite against US | Iran News



Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on countries across the Middle East to unite the United States at an address on Tehran's Army Day parade.

Speaking at a ceremony on Thursday, Rouhani also urged neighboring countries to drive back Zionism ", saying the US and its ally Israel were the cause of the region's problems.

He added that Iran's armed forces were not threatened by any regional country. nations have lived alongside each other for centuries and never had a problem … If there is a problem, it is caused by others, "Rouhani said.

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" If we have a problem in the region today, its roots are either with Zionism or America's arrogance. "

Flanked by top generals, Rouhani customs Iran's neighbors and countries across the region that are armed forces are never against you or your national interests "but are "standing against the aggressors".

"Let us stand together, be together and rid the region of the aggressor's presence," added in the speech broadcast live on state television.

During the ceremony, soldiers marched past a podium where Rouhani and top military commanders were standing, while locally designed and produced fighter jets took part for the first time in an air display.

Iran also unveiled missiles, submarines, armored vehicles, radars and electronic warfare systems. It also showed off its Russian S-300 missile defense system.

'We seek regional security'

Iranian armed forces were more powerful than ever, said Rouhani, amid rising tensions with the US. regional security and stability, countries 'sovereignty and end of terrorism and their activities in this region,' he said.

Iran has two armies, one acting as a national defensive force, and the Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps created

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The US officially designated the Revolutionary Guards as a foreign "terrorist organization" on Monday, an unprecedented move that was condemned by Iran and created concerns about reprisal attacks on US forces.

Rouhani called the US move against the guards "abhorrent" and said "Insulting the Revolutionary Guards is an insult to a ll [Iranian] armed forces, and an insult to Iranian great nation. "

Iran's army has the biggest ground force in Iran and the Revolutionary Guards are in control of a growing arsenal of ballistic missiles.

President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from a multilateral agreement on Iran's nuclear program, later reimposing sanctions focusing on oil exports and financial transactions.

Parades were canceled in a few provinces where the armed forces were deployed to help flood-affected people. The flooding, which began on March 19, has killed 76 people, forced more than 220,000 people into emergency shelters, and left aid agencies struggling to cope.

Rouhani said: "I doubt we can find this level of unity between people and armed forces in any other country. "

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had accused the US of" economic terrorism ", saying its unilateral sanctions were impeding aid to flood-stricken cities.

Iran has received material aid from neighboring countries such as Pakistan and Kuwait as well as from Germany, France and Japan.

SOURCE:
             Al Jazeera and news agencies


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