TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made the remarks during a session of the Islamic Consultative Assembly.
"We will build, produce and store any weapon of any kind we need to defend ourselves, our territorial integrity and our nation, and we will not hesitate about it," he said.
Mr. Rouhani stressed, "Understand that we have been building missiles, and will continue to do so and this does not contradict any of international laws and it is not in conflict with Resolution 2231. We will continue to defend our national interests and security with all our might, and the enemies should know that violation of any agreement will be detrimental to them, and the Islamic Republic of Iran will give them a decisive answer".
In another part of his speech, the President said, "Throughout history, one way of interaction between governments and nations has been striking deals and agreements with each other, and this is a part of the history of our country and the entire world; Keeping promises and agreements is a universal, trans-religious principle".
Keeping promises is the criterion of civilization of a nation and the credibility of an administration, said President, adding, "If a government does not live up to its commitments, it will put its credibility for auction. If a government like the US government states that it is not committed to an important international commitment, and its reason is that the previous administration has been tricked, then what happens with the continuity of the responsibility of the governments?"
Mr. Rouhani said that this commitment is the commitment of a nation to the other nation and a government to the other government, adding," If the United States is considered a regime, this is a commitment of a regime to a great state called the Islamic Republic of Iran; not just Iran, but even five other countries".
"Being shaky on the previous agreement and inviting for the next negotiation is a ridiculous story," said the Iranian President, adding, "If someone makes a commitment and says that I have lived up to my commitments and I will act upon it accurately, so my award is to talk about the second issue, this is something to consider; but whoever violates the very first commitment, it is showing with its behavior that it is not a negotiator".
President Rouhani also went on to say, "The administration of a country that abandons international commitments of the previous administration is not reliable. Today, the Americans are sending messages of readiness for negotiation to some East Asian countries; are they crazy to negotiate with you? You are explicitly violating your previous agreements and neglecting a UN Security Council-approved agreement".
The president emphasized that the way the United States is going will force them to abandon its future negotiation and commitments to other countries, adding, "Iran has fulfilled its obligations in the nuclear issue, but they say that why Iran, in terms of defensive and military, is powerful and why the countries of the region respect Iran; Iran's popularity in the region is because the United States has done nothing but foster terrorism and disagreement in the region".
"It is your problem. You have undermined security in Iraq and the stability and security of Afghanistan with your presence in the region; by bringing the terrorists to the region, you have undermined the security of Syria and Lebanon," President Rouhani added.
"If you are protesting these issues, we ask you: is the Iranian nation who supports the oppressed in the region against terrorism and separatism not behaving well and you who undermined the security of the region and made the ISIS and Taliban and other terrorist groups, sheltered the MEK, oppressed the nation of Iran throughout history, and stole the Iranian people's oil platform, do not accept being the aggressor country? You attacked our airliner and repeatedly called the Iranian nation terrorist".
Emphasizing that the Iranian nation has always fought terrorism in history, he said, "The Iranian people have driven the MEK terrorist and other terrorist groups out of the country and brought ISIS and takfiri terrorists in Iraq and Syria to their knees".