Iranian army troops march during a parade marking National Army Day in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran "does not intend any aggression" against its neighbors but will continue to produce all the weapons it needs for its defense, as the military paraded missiles and soldiers in front of him on National Army Day.Fighter jets and bombers flew overhead as Rouhani told the Tehran crowd and a live TV audience Wednesday that Iran's forces posed no threat to its neighbors. U.S., British and French forces pounded Iran's ally Syria with airstrikes early Saturday in retaliation for a suspected April 7 chemical weapons attack, which they blame on Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.Rouhani did not appear to reference Israel, which Iran considers an "illegitimate regime" and whose dissolution is a top priority for the country's Islamic rulers.
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