April 18, 2014
Iran has no intention of committing acts of aggression but retains the right to defend itself militarily, President Hassan Rouhani said Friday.
Speaking at a parade to mark Army Day, Rouhani delivered a peaceful message that referenced negotiations with leading powers aimed at securing a permanent deal to resolve a decade-long impasse over Tehran’s nuclear programme.
“The neighbours should know that the Iranian military wants stability in the region,” he said.
“During the nuclear talks we told the world we do not want to attack anyone and we do not want war.”