Gulf & Middle East
Despite ban Iran developed advanced weaponry: Ahmadinejad
Apr 18, 2007 - 4:54:28 PM

Tehran, April 18 - Despite Western embargoes banning arm imports Iran has mastered advanced armaments and technology, said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday.

'Some highbrow powers imposed sanctions banning armament deliveries to Iran believing that our army would be weakened. But young Iranian scientists have been able to meet the military needs of our armed forces in all areas,' Ahmadinejad said on the occasion of Iran's National Army Day.

Iran has been at the centre of international concerns over its nuclear programme, which some countries, particularly the US, suspect is geared toward nuclear weapons development. Tehran has consistently denied the claims, saying it needs nuclear power for civilian purposes.

Ahmadinejad said Iran stood for peace and stability in the region and the world, but added the armed forces were ready to repel any external act of aggression.

Army forces also staged a military parade displaying weaponry, including missiles of various range, mobile air defence systems, drone planes, combat aircraft, the armour and electronic warfare.

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