UPDATED 9:00 AM PT – Sat. Sept. 22, 2018
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani doubles down on strengthening the country’s ballistic missile program, despite sharp criticism from the U.S.
Rouhani made the comments at a military parade Saturday commemorating the start of Iran’s eight-year war with neighboring Iraq, which began back in 1980.
This comes just one day after UN Amabassador Nikki Haley accused Tehran of arming its proxies in Iraq with ballistic missile capabilities.
The weapons are within striking distance of Israeli and U.S. military bases in the Middle East.
However, Iran is rejecting calls to give up its missiles despite strong pressure from the U.S. in the form of sanctions.
“The eight year Iran-Iraq war has taught us that in the days of hardship, we must stand on our own feet. To act under the command of the supreme leader and remain united.” – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
The Trump administration announced earlier this week, it’s actively looking to negotiate a new deal with Iran to curb its nuclear weapons and missile program.
Meantime, a second round of sanctions are slated to go into effect this November.
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