President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday hailed Iran's military might during an annual army parade, saying the country is so powerful today that no one would dare attack it. The parade in Tehran showcased Iran's surface-to-surface Ghadr, Sajjil and Shahab-3 missiles, which have a range of up to 2,000 kilometers that puts Israel and U.S. bases in the region within Iran's reach.
The Shahab-3 missile is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
"Today, our armed forces have so much power that no enemy will harbor evil thoughts about laying its hands on Iranian territory," Ahmadinejad said at the parade marking National Army Day.
According to the AP, Ahmadinejad also called on Washington to stop supporting Israel and to dismantle the American military presence in the Middle East and Afghanistan. The Iranian leader reiterated his allegations that the U.S. presence is the source of the region's instability.
"They have to leave our region, this is not a request, it is an order from the nations of the region. It is the will of the regional nations," said Ahmadinejad. "If they are interested in helping the security of the region, they have to dismantle their military presence in the region and stop supporting Israel."