Trump will suffer same fate as Saddam: President Rouhani
President Hassan Rouhani says Iranians will defeat US President Donald Trump like what they did to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
He made the remarks in a military parade in Tehran on Saturday to mark the beginning of the week that commemorates Iran's eight-year resistance against Iraq’s 1980-88 invasion.
About 600 vessels took part in the Persian Gulf naval drill, a day after Iran held aerial exercises in the waterway, vowing that a "pounding reply" awaited the country's enemies.
Trump withdrew from a landmark multilateral nuclear deal in May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic last month.
"Saddam did not achieve its objective during the imposed war despite being supported by all global and regional powers," Rouhani said.
However, he added, Iran secured a military, moral and political victory.
"We won back our territory from the aggressor. The UN and the Security Council designated Saddam as the person who began the war and all the countries that had helped Saddam later expressed regret and confessed to their crimes," the Iranian president said.
"The same story will happen to Trump and America will suffer the same fate as Saddam."
Today, 38 years into Saddam's invasion and violation of the 1975 Algiers agreement, the US government is repeating the same story of Saddam, Rouhani pointed out.
He criticized US President Trump for failing to respect international laws and lambasted his decision to reneged on America’s commitments in a multilateral agreement like the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that has been endorsed the Security Council.
"Today, it not more a proxy war. The US has directly stood against the Iranians nation and began reneging on its pledge," Rouhani said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian chief executive stressed that the country would not abandon its defensive weapons and would rather boost them.
"Iran will neither abandon its defensive weapons nor decrease its defensive capability. We will increase our defensive power day by day. The fact that you are angry about our missiles means that our most effective weapon is our missile.”