Iran’s army and the Islamic revolutionary guards corps will give a harsh response to any aggression against Iran's interests and dignity, Presidentwarned at today’s Iran’s annual national army day ceremony with a military parade, IRNA state news agency reported.
Ahmadinejad also talked about the security of the Persian Gulf region on cooperation with the neighbors, adding that the presence of foreign forces as the U.S. fifth fleet in the region will only result in destruction and division.
The military parade was held near the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Press TV reported.
The ceremony was attended by high Iranian militarily commanders as Iran’s army displayed its latest indigenous military hardware including surface-to-surface missiles, drones and air defense systems.
According to the Associated Press news, among the weaponry on display Tuesday was "Qadr," or a Sacred Night mentioned in the Quran, a 2,000 pound guided bomb. Iran has earlier suggested it could counter the U.S. naval presence in the Gulf.
In the meantime, the United States said Monday it does not intend to relax the sanctions against Iran, despite the fact that the latest round of talks over Iranian nuclear works which were held in Istanbul have been considered a "first positive step." The United States renewed its call to Tehran, asking it to take concrete steps to address concerns surrounding its disputed nuclear program.
"As we have already said, we want to see Iran offering concrete proposals and move forward, and if realized, then we could consider gesture measures. Nevertheless, we consider the talks in Istanbul as a very first positive step," said a spokesman of the U.S. State Department, Mark Toner, during a press conference.
Despite these positive beginnings, the spokesman denied that the U.S. has the intention of relaxing its sanctions against Iran. "The sanctions remain in place for now. Nobody has mentioned cancellation of sanctions," he said.
The United States hopes that the talks in Istanbul will be the beginning of a "sustainable process," and it is already preparing for a second meeting to be held next month in Baghdad, said Toner.
However, Iranian oil minister on Tuesday said that the Islamic Republic was not facing problem in selling its oil, saying “goodbye” to sanctions, Al-Alam and Press TV reported.