Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at US President Donald Trump on Saturday, saying Trump would fail in his confrontation with Iran "just like Saddam Hussein did."
Rouhani was referring to the 1980s war between the two Middle Eastern powers, and vowing that Tehran will not abandon its missiles despite US pressure.
"The same will happen to Trump. America will suffer the same fate as Saddam Hussein," Rouhani said in a speech carried live by state television that marked the start of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.
"We will never decrease our defensive capabilities... we will increase them day by day," Rouhani said at a military parade. "The fact that the missiles anger you shows they are our most effective weapons," he said, referring to the West.
Iran has ballistic missiles with a range of up to 3,500 kilometers, enough to reach both Israel and US bases in the Middle East.