Rouhani Claims Iran 'Not After War'

'Moderate' President Hassan Rouhani claims Iran is not looking for war, but rather for talks - but warns that it will 'resist invasion.'

Tova Dvorin,

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed that his Islamic Republic was "not after war" on Friday, during a military parade marking the country's National Army Day.

"We are not after war, we are after logic, we are after talks," Rouhani claimed, in a speech during the event. He added that Iran "will not invade any country," even while adding it would "resist any invasion."

Rouhani, who has been hailed as a "moderate" and a reformist in the fundamentalist government in Iran, has been accused repeatedly of launching a "charm offensive" against the US and Israel to mask the country's militarism. 

Recently, Iran made special efforts to display its militarization process, conducting nuclear missile tests, holding a show of the domestic military industry, and claiming to have the "biggest army in the region."

Iran has also demanded to build 30,000 new nuclear centrifuges - allegedly for "fuel" - despite stipulations preventing such a move in P5+1 talks between Tehran and Western powers. 

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in January publicly announced the nuclear talks are merely an Islamic deceptive tactic called "taqiyya."