Ahmadinejad calls foreign forces to leave Iraq, Afghanistan
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday said his country will retaliate with full might against anyone who attacks it. According to the AP, he stated the Iranian "armed forces will cut the hand of anyone in the world before it pulls the trigger against the Iranian nation."
Ahmadinejad spoke at a military parade marking the anniversary of the start of the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran war.
"The Iranian nation seeks the establishment of peace and sustainable security based on justice. Our people are strong to defend their rights and land," he added.
Ahmadinejad, who left to New York to attend the UN General Assembly meeting recommended "bullying powers" to "change their approaches and thoughts in favor of humanity and human values."
"It is unacceptable that those who came to our region from thousands of kilometers away brought nothing but insecurity and attempted destabilization of regional nations," he said, according to Press TV. "They came to our region to sell their weapons and provoke confrontation. They accuse other powers of interfering in affairs of regional countries and causing insecurity."
He urged US-led foreign forces to fully withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan. "We advise you to go back to your own land and spend heavy military costs on resolving the woes of your own nations," said the president, adding “ Regional nations have the ability to establish and defend their own security."
"Our region will never tolerate the presence of foreigners for any lengthy period."
"As you saw in Iraq and Afghanistan, people are against the presence of foreigners. It is impossible for foreign troops to have a stable base in these regions," added the Iranian leader.
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