Iran always contributes to regional, global security: Ahmadinejad
Press TV -(Thu Apr 18, 2013) Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Islamic Republic has always contributed to regional and international security.
Speaking during a ceremony at Imam Khomeini’s Mausoleum in the south of the Iranian capital on Thursday on the occasion of the National Army Day, the Iranian president praised the country’s military progress and achievements during recent years.
The Iranian Army is a role model for other independent armies across the world, Ahmadinejad pointed out.
“I am confident that the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran presently serves as an appropriate model for all independent armies of the world,” Ahmadinejad said.
He emphasized that a nation requires power to safeguard its independence and take steps towards progress.
Ahmadinejad, who is also head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, noted that the Iranian Army is conducting its mission in full compliance with the commands of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Such an army safeguards national “grandeur and security” and will never be defeated, he emphasized.
The president further reiterated that the presence of Iran’s Army in the Persian Gulf has played a significant role in maintaining security in the region, saying, “The presence of foreigners has been the root cause of insecurity in this region.”
He said the Iranian Army conveys to other countries the message that power is based on reliance and belief in nations.
Units of the Iranian Army are staging parades on the occasion of the National Army Day to display the country’s defensive and military capabilities and might.
The country’s latest indigenous military hardware including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be put on display during the parades in Tehran.
Senior Iranian officials and a host of top military commanders are attending the ceremony.
The occasion marks the establishment of the Islamic Republic’s Army.
In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in important military equipment and systems.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly announced that “deterrence” lies at the heart of its defense doctrine, and that its military might poses no threat whatsoever to other countries.
Fars NA -(Thu Apr 18, 2013) President: Iranian Army’s Presence Contributes to Persian Gulf Security
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blasted the deployment of foreign forces in the region, and stressed that the presence of the Iranian Army in the Persian Gulf helps to the region’s security and stability.
Presence of the army in Persian Gulf region has contributed to the strategic waters’ security, Ahmadinejad said, adding that the presence of the aliens in the region has jeopardized security in the region.
He made the remarks in a ceremony in Tehran to mark the National Army Day on Thursday.
The message of Iran’s army to other independent nations is that national power emanates from the nations themselves, Ahmadinejad said.
All the need military power to safeguard independence and move on the path of progress, he underlined.
The Iranian Army displayed its latest home-made military tools, weapons and equipments in large military parades in Tehran on Thursday.
The ceremony took place at the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the Late Imam Khomeini, in Southern Tehran.
During the parades, the Army units displayed different weapons and military tools and equipment, including different kinds of fighters, choppers, drones, ground-to-ground missiles, air-to-ground missiles, surface-to-surface missiles, tactical and armed vehicles, surface and underwater vessels, electronic and telecommunication equipment, light and mid-light weapons, different kinds of artillery and mortar-launchers, air defense systems and engineering and logistic equipment.
Various units of the Islamic Republic Army started military parades in Tehran and other cities across Iran on Thursday morning to mark the National Army Day.
Senior Iranian officials, including President Ahmadinejad, as well as a host of top military commanders attended the ceremony.
The Iranian army has recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipments, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.
Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran’s wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor, specially at a time of heightened threats by the US.