Speaking via a videoconference held on Monday to unveil two homegrown naval vessels, Rouhani made it clear to neighbors that Iran has not taken and will never take any act of aggression against other countries, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The Iranian Armed Forces’ power is only for deterrence and defense, the president underscored, adding: “We do not seek war and tension, but we’ll not bow down to aggressive powers, either.”
“Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is a power that guarantees regional security for itself and its neighbors,” he noted.
Rouhani then pointed out that the Iranian Armed Forces are protecting the security of neighboring states, the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman, and the sovereignty of Iran and its neighbors.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the Armed Forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never be subject to negotiations.
Rouhani reiterated that Iran would not need any weapons of mass destruction for defense, nor does it seek to acquire them, because WMDs are explicitly prohibited under a religious decree from Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Iran is trying to boost its nuclear, space and missile capabilities for the improvement of local industries and modern technologies, he stressed, adding: “Our nuclear power is not for making nuclear weapons. The US and Europe should know and understand it. Iran’s nuclear activities are fully peaceful, as our (uranium) enrichment (work) is for the fulfillment of the country’s needs in the medical sector and energy industry.”