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President: Nation will give decisive response to any threat

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 10, IRNA -- President Hassan Rouhani told ill-wishers and those who threaten Iran on Friday that Iranians will give a decisive response to any threat.

He made the remarks while addressing a huge number of people who gathered at Tehran's Azadi Square to attend a ceremony marking the 38th victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

Millions of Iranians staged rallies throughout the country to commemorate the occasion.

'We are facing problems in both region and the entire world about the courageous people of Iran are not frightened they rely on the epic of today (Islamic Revolution),' President added.

'Today we face a problem. Amateurs have come to power in the region. In the US, too, some amateurs have taken power. But all should know that they should talk to Iranian nation only with the language of respect. This nation will firmly respond to threats,' President Rouhani stressed.

He added, "One who threatens the Iranian nation and its Armed Forces should know that our nation are vigilant and united and would stand against all ill-wishers."

President Rouhani noted that Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution liberated Iranian people from dependence to foreign countries, including the US, and let them to choose their own destiny.

More in his speech, the President pointed to imports of yellow cake, redesigning of Arak reactor and injection of UF6 to IR8 centrifuges.

He noted that "Iran has achieved great successes in the field of peaceful nuclear activity."

Iran with successful diplomacy has revived its share in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), President noted.

He added that exports of Iran's crud oil and its products have increased to 2.8 million bpd from last year's 1.2 million showing a 2.3 percent growth.

Stressing that the government will spare no efforts to restore rights of the Iranian nation, President Rouhani said, to this end, 'Tehran has retaken 1.7 billion dollars of its assets frozen in the US banks and will purse repossession of the rest of its frozen assets from the US.'

President Rouhani further pointed to achievements of his government noting that for the first time in the post-Revolution era, the trade balance for non-oil exports has become positive last year.

He expressed hope that exports of non-oil commodities will surpass their imports during the current Iranian calendar year (to end on March 20, 2017).


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