Iran says won’t wait for agreements; will produce, obtain any weapons needed

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday claimed his country would not wait for agreements and continue to produce any weapons needed to protect itself.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday claimed his country would not wait for agreements and continue to produce any weapons needed to protect itself.

Rouhani made the remarks at a military parade in Tehran to mark the annual Army Day. “We tell the world that we will produce any weapons that we need, or if necessary we will procure them,” he said.

“We have not been waiting…and will not wait for your remarks or agreement,” Rouhani added, seemingly referring to a nuclear agreement with the United States and five other nations.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed between Iran, the US, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, and France in 2015.

Iran signed the deal promising to halt its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions.

US President Donald Trump has often criticized the 2015 deal and has threatened to scrap the current agreement unless new, more stringent restrictions were imposed on Iran by May 12.

Tehran argues its ballistic missile program is crucial to its defense capabilities. “We announce to our neighboring countries in the region…we do not intend any aggression against you,” Rouhani said during the military parade.

“We want friendly and brotherly relations with our neighbors, and we tell them that our weapons, our equipment, our missiles, our planes, our tanks are not against you, it is for deterrence,” he added.

The Iranian President claimed the only way to resolve differences between international powers was through “political negotiation and peaceful behavior.”

Rouhani’s comments come after a US-led bombardment on bases in Syria blamed for launching a chemical weapons attack on eastern Ghouta earlier this month as well as remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for similar action against Iran.

Israel has often expressed its concern regarding the presence of Iranian proxy force Hezbollah along its border with Syria and recently launched air strikes on Iranian positions in the country.