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Rouhani: Iran military development for defense purposes

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 10, IRNA -- President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday Iran has shown that it has no intention to interfere in other countries' internal affairs and its military development is solely for defense purposes.

Addressing the ceremony marking the Islamic Republic of Iran's National Day, he added that Iran has never attacked any country and it has no such an intention ever.

Weapons are solely for defending the country and the enemies should not be allowed to make the region and world unsafe through creating illusions, President Rouhani said.

"We believe that the nations should have ties with each other and that's the duty of all governments to bring nations closer to each other in a bid to safeguard their common interests," he said.

The president further noted 38 years ago, the greatest revolution in the region and world clinched victory on such a day thoroughly relying on its nation, despite many countries' support t to the past despotic regime.

In times of cold war and bipolar world, Iran established the new administration without reliance whatsoever on the powers and only through public resistance, he said, noting that the revolution did not appeal to the world powers from the beginning and they started to devise plots against it.

The first problem faced by the Islamic Revolution was terrorism, he said, referring to terror acts committed by the terrorist groups across Iran.

The other conspiracies hatched by the enemies including failed coup as well as the war imposed by the deposed dictator Saddam Hossein were all defused through the national vigilance, Rouhani said.

"We told the world on the first day that Iranophobia propagated by foreigners since the initial days of the Revolution is wrong," the president said, noting that they had created horror in the hearts of the regional states that Iran will split into several small countries and insecurity will engulf the entire region.

Rouhani reiterated that Iranophobia is unfounded and history has proved that such illusions are baseless.

The second issue of Iranophobia was that they publicized that Islamic Revolution of Iran will not remain in its border and Iranians are trying to export the revolution and shake up the regional regimes, he said, noting that this issue also was cleared over the time and all noticed that Iran has no intention to interfere in other countries' internal affairs and it also does not want to attack any country.

"Today, we announce that terrorism is a great risk for all and terrorism originates from a hostile thought that certain countries regrettably promulgate knowingly or unknowingly, and they should know that fighting terrorism is not possible only through military ways," he said.

Iran has always favored peace and security in the region, he said, maintaining that it believes in case of dispute between two countries, there is no way better than negotiating table.

"Through nuclear talks with the world six major powers with the win-win strategy, we proved that world complicated problems can be solved through dialogue," he said.

He called on the diplomats at the event to work for closer ties between their countries and Iran, as it will benefit them, the region and world.

Ceremony marking victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution attended by 180 Tehran-based ambassadors and diplomats was held in the Summit Hall in the capital Tehran.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed foreign guests participating at the event.

Palestinian Ambassador in Tehran Salah al-Zawawi, as the ambassador dean, was the second speaker of the ceremony.

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