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Iran Enemies Not Speaking of Military Option Anymore: Defense Minister

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami highlighted the country’s deterrent power and said the enemies, who are aware of the Islamic Republic’s defense capabilities, now avoid speaking of a military option against Iran.


“In the defense sector, we have tried our hardest to provide high-quality products for the (country’s) Armed Forces,” Brigadier General Hatami said at meeting with the members of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.

“That is why, today, the enemies of Iran, with full knowledge of the defensive and military capabilities of our country’s Armed Forces, are no longer talking about military options,” he added.

The defense minister further praised the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission’s support for his ministry and expressed hope that during the tenure of the commission’s new chairman, the parliament would pay more heed to the country’s defense budget given the fact that Iran’s enemies are spending billions of dollars to create insecurity and instability in the region.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.

Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.

Back in February 2018, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called for efforts to maintain and boost Iran’s defense capabilities, hitting back at the enemies for disputing the country’s missile program.

“Without a moment of hesitation, the country must move to acquire whatever is necessary for defense, even if the whole world is opposed to it,” Ayatollah Khamenei said on February 18.

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