Iran President: Sanctions strengthened Iran capabilities

SHAFAQNA – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says sanctions imposed on the country ever since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, have but increased capabilities of Iran’s Armed Forces.

Iran, especially its Armed Forces, was subjected to sanctions from the first day following the Revolution’s victory, President Rouhani said after overseeing a massive naval parade near the southern port city of Jask in the Sea of Oman.

Not only have the sanctions failed to reduce the power of Iran’s Armed Forces, but by encouraging reliance on domestic capacities, they have boosted those forces’ capabilities, the Iranian chief executive added.

“God willing, and through unity and solidarity among the people, government, and Armed Forces, Iran will make progress every day in every aspect and no superpower will be able to dent our authority and independence,” President Rouhani said.

The naval parade was partaken by more than 100 Navy vessels. The fleet included domestically-built warships, submarines, and missile-equipped speedboats.

The show of naval might wrapped up seven days of military exercises conducted by Iran’s Army under the codename, Mohammad Rasoulollah (Mohammad, the Messenger of God). The exercises covered an area of 2.2 million square kilometers stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz all the way to the 10th parallel north in the Indian Ocean.

“It is very important for us and Iranian nation that Armed Forces showed off their capability and power in defending the country against the enemies. The readiness that they display of themselves in such maneuvers deters the enemy forever from [harboring] any whim against and coveting the land of Iran,” Rouhani said.

The Iranian president added, “If some think they can bring this nation to its knees by exercising pressure, lowering oil prices, and planning and executing different plots, they are seriously mistaken.”




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