Iranian President Hassan Rouhani used his speech to the 12th National Conference for Praising War Veterans in Tehran on Thursday to denounce the US and Israel.

"I clearly announce that we will defeat our big enemies, US and Israel, and the tension of the region, by our resistance and unity as Quran promises us, God willing," he told an audience of supporters.

A defiant Rouhani said "if our country is bombarded, if our people are killed (become martyrs), if our dear people become disabled and captive, we do not give up on our goals and independence and our dignity."

Tensions have been rising for days between the United States and Iran as leaders from both sides have traded insults and threats.


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