Iran to boost its military program: defense minister

مراسم تودیع و معارفه وزیر دفاع و پشتیبانی نیروهای مسلح

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian defense minister announced that Iran plans to boost the Islamic Republic’s missile power despite the enemies’ attempts to undermine it.

In an interview with Arabic-language Al-Alam news network on Saturday night, Iranian defense minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said Iran has detailed plans in the field of air defense and electronic warfare and will focus on manufacturing heavy aircraft to bolster its strategic aerial might.

“Defensive diplomacy is an important part of our plans. In a region, where stability and security are important issues, diplomacy and interaction definitely play a prominent role,” he added.

Hatami referred to Iran’s neighbors as well as regional and Islamic states as the Islamic Republic’s top priority, expressing hope that Tehran could greatly help create stability and security in the region and establish mutual trust among countries through a defensive diplomacy.

Iran, he said, will export weapons to prevent wars, unlike other countries that sell arms mainly for their own economic and political interests.

Elsewhere in his interview, Iranian defense minister stressed that Iran will continue to support the resistance front despite Western efforts to dissuade the Islamic Republic from backing groups such as Hezbollah. 

He said that the resistance is rooted in the Islamic Republic’s culture.

"Perhaps the main fear of the arrogant powers about our relationship with the resistance axis is that they do not want such a pattern to see the light of day," he went on to say.

"Resistance means defense in the face of the arrogance and confrontation with tyranny and oppression. According to our religious teachings, we do not accept oppression, usurpation, and aggression, and help those who resist in this axis on the basis of these teachings," Hatami added.

The minister stressed that Iran will continue to support resistance groups even more than before. 

According to Hatami, Iran’s national interests and security requires countering insecurity in the region to prevent its spread to other countries. The country, he said, has so far provided advisory support to Iraq and Syria at their governments’ requests.

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