Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a military parade to mark National Army Day. He says Tehran's military strategy was focused on peace and security in the Middle East. Pavithra George reports.
Iran's military might on full display on National Army Day. President Hassan Rouhani attended the annual ceremony that marks the establishment of the Islamic Republic's army. This show of power comes amid heightening tensions between Tehran and the Saudis over Yemen - where Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have been targeted for three weeks by air strikes led by Saudi Arabia. Rouhani said Tehran had deployed warships off Yemen's coast to ensure the security of countries in the region. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT, HASSAN ROUHANI, SAYING: "Our strategy is deterrence strategy. Deterrence for establishing peace and security in Iran and the Middle East." Iran has condemned the Saudi campaign and called for dialogue. Saudi Arabia accuses Tehran of providing military support to the Houthis, a charge Tehran denies.