Iran marks the anniversary of the 1980 invasion by Iraq by showing off its latest missiles and telling the United States not to meddle in the Gulf. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
BROADCASTERS: NO ACCESS IRAN. NO ACCESS BBC PERSIAN, NO ACCESS MANOTO, NO ACCESS VOA PERSIAN. DIGITAL: NO ACCESS IRAN, NO ACCESS BBC PERSIAN, NO ACCESS MANOTO, NO ACCESS VOA PERSIAN (RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED LOCALLY BY THE IRANIAN AUTHORITIES) . For Reuters customers only. ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Iran marked the anniversary of its 1980 invasion by Iraq on Wednesday (September 21) by showing off its latest ships and missiles and telling the United States not to meddle in the Gulf. At a parade in Tehran, shown on state TV, the military displayed long-range missiles, tanks, and the Russian-supplied S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system. At the port of Bandar Abbas on the Gulf, the navy showed off 500 vessels, as well as submarines and helicopters, at a time of high tension with the United States in the strategic waterway. In Tehran, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, declared that Iran wanted peace. But he said Iran's lessons in the 1980-88 war against Iraq now served as a guide for "our brothers in faith" in Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Bahrain, countries where Iran has political, religious or military allies. Among the weapons displayed was the new long-range "Zolfaqar" ballistic missile, named after a legendary sword said to have been given by the Prophet Mohammad to Imam Ali. Also on display was the Qadr H missile, which has a range of 2,000 km, according to state TV. Iran's ballistic missile programme has been criticised by the West, and the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on two Iranian companies in March because of their alleged ties to it.