Iran Scorns Israel Threat at Ahmadinejad's Last Army Parade

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 03:24 AM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Israeli threats to attack Iran's nuclear sites are the harmless barking of a dog, Iran's military said on Thursday, marking the last Army Day ceremony of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidency with trademark acerbic rhetoric against the Jewish state.

Ahmadinejad, who steps down at elections in June after eight years at the helm of the Islamic Republic's government, has used the podium at previous Army Day parades to lash out at the United States and its allies.

On Thursday Ahmadinejad confined himself to praise of the country's armed forces, and it was Iran's ground forces commander Ataollah Salehi spoke up against Iran's sworn foe.

"A dog does nothing more than bark and we have no confidence in these threats," Iran's state news agency (IRNA) quoted him as saying.

With little progress reported at talks this month between Iran and world powers, Israel has reiterated that it reserves the right to resort to military operations to stop what is says it Iran's attempt to build nuclear weapons.

Iran has responded to Israel's threat with regular combat drills, announcements of new advances in military technology, and threatening statements of its own.

Iran denies it is seeking nuclear arms and says its nuclear work is peaceful and aimed at generating electricity.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who as commander in chief has ultimate authority over the armed forces, said last month the Islamic Republic would raze the Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground if Israel "made the slightest mistake."

New hardware unveiled in Thursday's parade included a radar-evading attack drone, called Sarir, and updates to its air-defense systems.

The Iranian air force also put on display an air-refueling maneuver by Russian-made Sukhoi 24 fighter jets, Fars news agency reported.

Iranian officials regularly emphasize the country's ability to develop and construct its own military hardware and announce sophisticated new equipment but Western analysts say their real capabilities cannot be independently verified.

"Iran does a good job of advertising its equipment for deterrence purposes," said Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the Bahrain offices of Britain's International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). "There is a fair bit of exaggeration that accompanies claims but they've been very innovative and increasingly self-sufficient and have also shown their ability to leverage technology from places like China.

"In terms of capability or accuracy, that's where they make wild claims," he said.

Sanctions have prevented the Islamic Republic from buying U.S. and European weaponry, and so the basis of Iran's military hardware remains U.S. and Soviet equipment purchases made by the Shah of Iran before the 1979 revolution.

It still boasts active U.S. fighter jets — F-4, F-14 Topcat and Chinook CH-47 helicopters.

Commanders have resorted to reverse engineering hardware to produce indigenous versions of equipment.

Its Saeqeh fighter jet is derived from the U.S. Northrop F-5, its Zulfiqar battle tank that incorporates design from Soviet and U.S. tanks, and the Toufan 2 attack helicopter is based on the U.S. Bell AH-1 Cobra.

According to the IISS Military Balance 2013 reference book, Iran boasts 523,000 active armed forces personnel and 350,000 reservists.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Driver Slams Into Pedestrians in France's Second 'Allahu Akbar' Attack

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 21:39 PM

A driver shouting Allahu Akbar ( God is greatest ) plowed into pedestrians in eastern France Sunday, injuring 11 of th . . .

Australian Woman Charged With Murder of 8 Children

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 19:54 PM

A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next . . .

Elton John, David Furnish Marry in England

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 16:36 PM

Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day the . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved