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Leader of Ummah Imam Khamenei: Iran must boost defense, deterrence power

1 July 2015 8:23

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Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei has instructed the Iranian president to boost the country’s defense and deterrence capabilities.

The directives were part of the Supreme Leader’s letter to President Hassan Rouhani in which Ayatollah Khamenei announced the general policies of the Sixth National Development Plan.

In the letter, Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei underlined the need to upgrade Iran’s deterrence power by developing the nation’s missile capability and defense technologies as well as boosting the capacity to produce weaponry and major defense equipment to help counter “different types of threats.”

Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei also stressed the need to develop civil defense programs in critical and sensitive locations in the country.

Among other points highlighted by the Supreme Leader was the necessity of boosting soft power and cyber-defense capabilities as well as providing air defense and cyber-security for the country’s infrastructure.

Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei noted that at least five percent of the country’s budget should be set aside to boost the nation’s defense capability at the regional level to secure national security and interests.

The Supreme Leader further emphasized the need to step up border security by applying “software and hardware” techniques, reinforcing border troops, developing intelligence operations, boosting border diplomacy and getting locals on board with implementing security programs along the nation’s frontiers.

On foreign policy, Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei underscored that Iran’s “political achievements” in Southwest Asia should be maintained and increased.

The Supreme Leader said “economic diplomacy” should be prioritized in a bid to promote foreign investment, enter world markets and develop technologies to fulfill the objectives associated with the “Economy of Resistance.”

Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei also underlined the need for Iran to further develop world service media outlets.

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