Iran says ready to repel strikes

April 18th, 2005  

Topic: Iran says ready to repel strikes

Iran's Khatami says army ready to repel strikes
Mon Apr 18, 2005 08:42 AM ET

By Parisa Hafezi
TEHRAN (Reuters) - President Mohammad Khatami said on Monday Iran had the military might to deter attacks against the Islamic state, which is under Western pressure over its nuclear programme.

"Iran's armed forces are fully prepared to defend the Islamic republic," Khatami said in a speech at the annual Army Day parade.

"Iran is ready to pay any price but not yield to any aggression and oppression," he said as army units marched past.

The United States and Israel accuse Iran of developing atomic weapons and have vowed to stop Tehran acquiring them.

But U.S. officials have played down media speculation they were planning military action and Israeli Prime Minister last week said his country was not planning a military strike to prevent Iran from getting the bomb.

Iran insists its nuclear ambitions are limited to peaceful electricity generation.

Khatami took the salute as thousands of army, navy and air force troops passed the flower-covered stand at the shrine of the Islamic republic's late founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Dozens of U.S. and Russian-made warplanes, as well as helicopters, flew over the shrine to demonstrate the country's combat capabilities.

War veterans in wheelchairs carried portraits of Iranian commanders killed in the 1980-88 war against Iraq.

"We are proud of our armed forces, especially the army," Khatami said.

The parade included locally-made Zelzal and Nazeat missiles, battle tanks and amphibious armoured personnel carriers, but Iran's medium-range Shahab-3 missile was not put on show.

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April 19th, 2005  
A Can of Man
They're playing a very dangerous game.
But they're doing it because they know they can get away with it.
April 19th, 2005  
you wouldnt happen to have found any pics of it
April 20th, 2005  
Reuters released a raw video of the Military Parade, but i don't think it's available again in a few days later.