The Islamic Republic of Iran on Tuesday celebrated its “National Day of Nuclear Technology.”
A ceremony was held at the Iran International Conference Center in Tehran to mark the day.
President Hassan Rouhani addressed the country to mark the state holiday, threatening the West that Iran would fire “missiles and weaponry that you cannot think of” if world leaders did not cooperate with the country’s demands.
Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran celebrates its so-called National Day of Nuclear Technology.
Watch President Rouhani threaten the West with 'missiles and weaponry that you cannot think of' pic.twitter.com/v3BVZnQcsX
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During the ceremony, 114 nuclear achievements “which came to fruition last year” were unveiled and put on display, according to the Mehr news agency, including some from the fields of exploration, extraction, fuel cycle, power plants, science and technology as well as laser. The figure is a rise fro the 83 “nuclear achievements” revealed at the ceremony in 2018.
“The unveiling of these achievements under the country’s current circumstances will convey this message to enemies that the Iranian nation has resisted economic sanctions and has turned threats into opportunities,” Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) spokesperson Behrouz Kamalvandi said in March.
Rouhani also denounced the United States as the actual “head of global terrorism” – the statement coming a day after the United States designated the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist entity. It was the first time the U.S. has designated part of a foreign government as a terrorist organization.
“This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft,” President Donald Trump declared in a statement. “The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign.”
In response, Iran has placed U.S. military forces on its list of terror groups.