Speaking on Sunday at a ceremony to unveil homegrown Noora vaccine against the COVID-19 pandemic, Salami said Iran has decided to be among the best in all fields, from science to technology and today it is among the pioneer and leading countries in many fields.
“By the grace of God, we launch satellites now; we are a pioneer in nanotechnology; we have large unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that travel 7,000 kilometers…. We are a pioneer not only in military technologies but in many other fields,” he said.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great progress in indigenously developing and manufacturing a broad range of equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in this regard.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to build up its defense capabilities, emphasizing that such abilities are entirely meant for the purpose of defense and will be never subject to negotiations.
The IRGC chief praised Iranian medical personnel for successfully fighting the deadly coronavirus outbreak despite an economic terrorism campaign launched by the self-proclaimed advocates of democracy against Iran.
“A nation that has been able to create such great honors at the height of the scientific, technical, economic and financial siege is certainly a marvelous and exceptional nation,” he said.
Iran’s access to medications and COVID vaccines has been largely impeded due to large-scale sanctions imposed by the US. The country has fought off the unjust restrictions by producing several parallel domestic vaccines, some of which have already reached the mass production stage.