|Putting war and diplomacy together makes no sense: Rouhani||
TEHRAN – A military parade was held at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in the south of the metro Tehran area on Sunday to commemorate the beginning of the Sacred Defense Week.
In Iran the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war is known as the Sacred Defense, and Sacred Defense Week is held on the anniversary of the beginning of the war.
Sacred Defense Week begins on Shahrivar 31 in the Iranian calendar (September 22 this year), which is the day Iraq invaded Iran and began the imposed war on the country in 1980.
Various units of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Iran’s Armed Forces, and the Islamic Republic of Iran Police participated in the parade.
The country’s latest defense achievements, including a new domestically manufactured battle tank, the new generation of surface-to-surface Nazeat missiles, and a domestically designed passive phased array radar system, were also put on display during the ceremony.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivered the opening speech of the ceremony, in which he pointed to the process of talks between Iran and world powers over the country’s nuclear issue and said, “Putting war and diplomacy together makes no sense, and no logical and freethinking nation accepts war and diplomacy (as options) on the same table.”
He also said that Iran was ready to hold talks with the West if negotiations would be held on an equal footing and based on mutual respect.
He went on to say that in the negotiations, the Iranian nation’s nuclear rights, including the right to enrich uranium on Iranian soil, must be recognized within the framework of international regulations.
If other countries respect the Iranian nation’s rights, in response Iran will also promote cooperation with them, he added.
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