rouhani says iran to continue expanding its military might missile work

Rouhani says Iran to continue expanding its military might, missile work

Middle East

DUBAI: Iran’s revolution four decades ago inflicted “failure and broken promises” on the country, President Donald Trump’s chief foreign policy advisor said Monday.

“It’s been 40 yrs of failure. Now it’s up to the Iranian regime to change its behavior, & ultimately up to the Iranian people to determine the direction of their country,” national security advisor John Bolton tweeted on the anniversary of the upheaval.

Bolton said that Washington would support “the will of the Iranian people, & stand behind them to ensure their voices are heard.”

His comments came as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran was determined to expand its military power and ballistic missile program despite mounting pressure from “hostile countries” to curb Iran’s defensive work.

“We have not asked and will not ask for permission to develop different types of … missiles and will continue our path and our military power,” Rouhani said in a speech at Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) square, where tens of thousands gathered to mark the 40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution.

Rouhani also vowed Iran would defeat US sanctions, reimposed after Trump withdrew from Tehran’s nuclear accord with world powers last year. “The Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties (due to the sanctions) but we will overcome the problems by helping each other,” Rouhani said.

*With AFP and Reuters