Iran “determined” to strengthen military following US-Israel aid deal

Marking 1980 invasion of Iraq, military chief of staff announces Iran’s determination to strengthen its “defense power”, warns both “regional and extra-regional enemies”

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Chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces Mohammad Hossein Bagheri announced on Wednesday that Iran is “more determined” in strengthening its defense power following the recent $38 billion military aid package for Israel from the United States.

Bagheri gave a televised address during an annual military parade commemorating the anniversary of Iran’s invasion of Iraq in 1980. The parade consisted of showcasing of Iran’s advanced weaponry, specifically its missile defense weaponry, and included its Russian purchased S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system which was deployed to Iran’s underground nuclear facility, Fordo, in August.

One of the banners from the parade declared, “If the leaders of the Zionist regime make a mistake then the Islamic Republic will turn Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust.”

Bagheru stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to “seek to pile pressure on the resistance front by purchasing large amounts of weapons as well as training and supporting terrorists,” and that Iran would “monitor” all “regional and extra-regional enemies.”

The commander of the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, proclaimed during the ceremony in Tehran, “We [Iran] tell the Americans that it’s better that the capital and wealth of the American people should not be wasted on their inappropriate and detrimental presence in the Persian Gulf.”