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Iran's Rouhani vows to boost missiles despite U.S. criticism

'LIKE IT OR NOT.' Despite criticism, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will strengthen its military capabilities.

File photo from Iranian presidency website/AFP

TEHRAN, Iran – President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday, September 22, that Iran would continue to develop its ballistic missile capabilities despite criticism from the United States and also France.

"Whether you like it or not, we are going to strengthen our military capabilities which are necessary for deterrence," Rouhani said in a speech marking the anniversary of the outbreak of Iran's devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

"We will strengthen not only our missiles but also our air, land and sea forces... When it comes to defending our country, we will ask nobody for their permission." – Rappler.com