En mektig ayatollah, Ahmad Jannati, sa i fredagsbønnen at Iran i fremtiden vil bli en militær supermakt ingen tør invadere, og at landet på sikt kan ta på seg å forsvare islams grenser.

«In a not so distant future, we should reach a point to have the most powerful military equipment in the world so that no one even think about invading our borders.» Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said in his Friday prayer sermon carried live on state radio.

«And not only that of the Islamic republic, but also the borders of Islam … We must defend oppressed Muslims everywhere so that the enemies do not dare to attack Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq.»

On Thursday’s annual Army Day celebration in Tehran, dozens of fighter jets and other aircraft flew over the parade ground in a bid to show the power of the air force.

Also on display was Iran’s Shahab-3 missile, whose range includes Israel and even the fringes of Europe.

The hardline cleric also vowed to cheering worshippers, who chanted «Death to America» and «Death to Israel,» that their slogans will materialise.

«I tell you that the death of the United States has come. You shouted Death to the Shah and he died,» Jannati said, referring to the monarch overthrown by the 1979 Islamic revolution and who died in exile.

«You say Death to Israel and it is dying. You say Death to America and it does not take so long that its death prayer will be said.»