Friday, September 23, 2005

Iran Warns Aggressors Of 'Fire And Destruction'

by Farhad Pouladi
Tehran (AFP) Sep 23, 2005

Under pressure over its nuclear programme, Iran on Thursday [9-22] flaunted its ballistic missiles and warned any nation considering attacking the Islamic republic would face a "destructive and fiery" response.

On show at an annual military parade were thousands of troops and a range of hardware including six of Iran's Shahab-3 ballistic missiles -- which sported banners saying "Death to America", "We will crush America under our feet" and "Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth".

The slogans prompted a diplomatic protest by European military attaches.

The event marked the start of "Sacred Defence Week" -- the anniversary of the outbreak of a destructive eight-year war with Iraq in 1980 -- and began with another tough speech by hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"Our enemies have understood that we are very serious in defending our security," said Ahmadinejad, himself a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war. The term "enemies" is used as a reference to the United States and Israel.

"Our nation wants peace, stability, justice and equality in international relations. We have always sought friendly relations with other countries. Our nation wants the well-being of other countries and will not do anything against their national interest," he insisted.

"We want the Persian Gulf to be a gulf of friendship and equality," Ahmadinejad said in a speech at the parade, being staged in the south of the capital near the shrine of Iran's late Islamic revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and carried live on state television.

But he warned that "if some want to again test what they have tested before, the flame of the Iranian nation will be very destructive and fiery."

"Relying on our nation and armed forces, we will make the aggressor regret its actions," Ahmadinejad warned, telling Iran's army to "prepare their defensive readiness" and calling for an "expansion of the defence industries and the utilisation of the latest technology".

The "utilisation of the latest technology." Like what Nuclear tipped warheads?

Comments on the last picture.

It's interesting that they print it in english, I guess so we can read it.


They don't say "Iran" will defeat super powers, they say a Religion, "Islam", will do that.