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Rouhani Stresses Iran’s Arms Imports/Exports Irrespective of Western Opposition

23 August 2015 12:13


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that Iran will not allow foreign countries to interfere in its defense and military affairs and will continue arms sales and purchase irrespective of the views of third party states.
“We will purchase weapons from wherever we deem necessary and we are not waiting for anyone’s permission; if we deem necessary we will sell our weapons and we will do this without paying attention to any resolution,” President Rouhani said, addressing a ceremony held to commemorate the National Defense Industry Day in Iran on Saturday.

The Iranian president, meantime, lauded the achievements of the Iranian experts and engineers in the defense industry sector.

“There is a high-speed movement towards self-sufficiency in the defense industry sector,” President Rouhani said.

He reiterated that Iran is pursuing a defensive and deterrence strategy, and said, “We pursue the policy of détente, convergence and confidence-building with the world, yet this policy does not run counter to our defensive power and industry.”

Earlier today, Iran unveiled its new home-made solid-fuel precision-striking missile, Fateh 313, on the National Defense Industry Day.

Fateh 313 with a range of 500 kilometers was unveiled in a ceremony attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran.

Fateh 313 is state-of-the-art missile which runs on combined solid fuel using a domestically-designed sensor. Fateh series of missile are among the most precise ballistic missiles. Fateh-110 had been delivered to the Iranian Armed Forces for several generations.

Iran joined the club of few countries that are capable of manufacturing solid-fuel and precision-striking missiles with a range of 500 kilometers.

According to military sources, the new missile had been previously test-fired successfully.

Iran’s Defense Ministry plans to begin the mass production of Fateh-313 soon, they said.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

On Friday, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue improving its missile systems in a bid to enhance the country’s defense capabilities against enemies’ possible threats.

“The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), in full compliance with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei’s orders, will continue developing its defense capabilities and military might, specially the surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, and it will not compromise when dealing with the country’s defense issues,” Brigadier General Hajizadeh said, addressing a ceremony in the city of Qaemshahr, Northern Iran.

Brigadier General Hajizadeh also announced Iran’s plans to hold massive ballistic missiles drills in the near future.

“The IRGC Aerospace Force will hold a large-scale ballistic missiles war-games soon,” Brigadier General Hajizadeh said.

He, meantime, reiterated that the IRGC Aerospace Force has successfully conducted all its missile tests over the past two years.

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