Iran says its armed forces are not a regional threat

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani deliver his Army Day address in 2018 flanked by top generals

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani deliver his Army Day address in 2018 flanked by top generals

During Thursday's event, Iranian battlefield personnel carriers were also paraded, alongside machine guns, tanks, transport vehicles and Iranian-made Talash as well as Russian-made S-300 missile systems.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reviewed the parade, flanked by several Revolutionary Guard commanders, and offered praise for both the army and the guard forces.

Rouhani spoke during the national observance, which was marked by parades lauding Iranian armed forces - including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which was branded a "terrorist" organization by the United States this month. They stand against invaders.

The head of Iran's air force, Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA that "The enemy knows our military power and I doubt they dare to make a stupid and adventurous move against us; But if they do, we will respond in the strongest way possible". "The roots of our problems are the Zionist regime and American imperialism", Rouhani said.

Mr Rouhani added: "We seek regional security and stability, countries' sovereignty and end of terrorism and their activities in this region".

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The United States officially designated the Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organization on Monday, an unprecedented move which was condemned by Iran and created concerns about reprisal attacks on US forces.

Iran's army has the biggest ground force in Iran and the Revolutionary Guards is in control of a growing arsenal of ballistic missiles.

The Iranian leader said the USA decision to designate the IRGC as terrorist is an insult.

Torrential rainfall since March 19 in the Islamic republic of Iran has killed at least 76 people.

On Wednesday, WAM news agency reported that the aid was delivered following the directives of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as part of the joint efforts between the UAE and Saudi Arabia to ease the suffering of Iranian citizens in the flood-stricken areas.

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