Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Saturday that Tehran “will not abandon its missiles, despite pressures by the United States.”
The remarks, broadcast live by Iranian state television on the occasion of the (1980-1988) Iran-Iraq war, also affirmed that U.S. President Donald Trump will “fail” in his confrontation with Iran.
As Rouhani delivered his speech, a military parade kicked off as a “show of power” in the capital, Tehran, and the port of Bandar Abbas on the Gulf .
"Iran will not abandon its defensive weapons ... including its missiles that make America so angry," Rouhani said.
Iran has suggested in recent weeks that it could take military action in the Gulf to block other countries’ oil exports in retaliation for U.S. sanctions intended to halt its sales of crude, Reuters reported.
“The same will happen to Trump. America will suffer the same fate as Saddam Hussein,” Rouhani added in his speech.
During the parade, unknown gunmen opened fire at the attendees, killing at least eight and wounding around 20, Iran’s state TV reported on Saturday.
"Several gunmen began shooting from behind the stand during the parade. There are several killed and injured," a correspondent told state television.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.