Iran 'Determined' to Boost Defense Power Following U.S.-Israel Military Aid Deal

Gen Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, offered remarks during annual military parade marking anniversary of 1980 Iran-Iraq war.

A missile is displayed by Iran's army in front of portraits of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and Ayatollah Khomeini (L) during a parade marking National Army Day outside Tehran, Iran, April 17, 2016.
Ebrahim Noroozi, AP

Iran's chief of staff of the armed forces says a $38 billion aid deal between the United States and Israel makes Iran more determined to strengthen its military.

In comments broadcast live on Iranian state TV, Gen Mohammad Hossein Bagheri says the U.S.-Israel aid deal "will make us more determined in strengthening the defense power of the country."

Last week the U.S signed an unprecedented new security agreement with Israel that will give the Israeli military $38 billion over 10 years.

Iran does not recognize Israel and supports anti-Israeli militant groups such as Palestinian Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Bagheri's remarks were given during an annual military parade Wednesday marking the anniversary of Iraq-Iran war in 1980.