FNA- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi underlined that his country’s missile program is aimed at defending the nation, reiterating that Tehran’s missile power is not related to any foreign party.
“As the Tehran officials have declared several times, Iran’s missile program is an internal issue and we will not allow anyone to interfere in this issue at all as we have well learned from history and the regional conditions that we should rely on our internal capabilities to defend our territory and our situation is not similar to other regional countries that obey a godfather or big brother because Iran’s power is taken from its people,” Qassemi said on Saturday.
Noting that Iran’s missile program is only meant for defensive purposes, he said, “We don’t and will not intend to make aggression against any country, and history has proved this too.”
In relevant comments last Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that his country will powerfully continue production of different weapons and missiles to defend itself.
“We will not doubt about building, stockpiling and using any type of weapons that we need to defend ourselves and our nation when necessary,” President Rouhani said, addressing the Iranian parliament in Tehran.
“We have produced missiles, are producing them and will continue their production and it is not a violation of any international law,” he added.
Stressing that Iran will continue defending its national security, President Rouhani warned the other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, specially the US, that violation of the agreement will harm themselves and Iran will give them a decisive response.
He blasted the US blatant violation of the 2015 nuclear deal, and said when Washington has not remained committed to its undertakings based on the internationally-accepted agreement, it cannot call on certain East Asian nations (North Korea) to sit to the negotiating table.
“Are these countries crazy to negotiate with you?” President Rouhani asked.
His remarks came after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei reiterated once again that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and the country’s missile and regional power are not open to any negotiations with foreign states, stressing that no move or measure could change his verdict.
“We have previously declared, and once again we declare that the defense capabilities of the country are non-negotiable and not to be bargained for,” the Iranian Supreme Leader said last month.
“That they ask, why we have some defense facility, why we produce them, or why do we conduct research; these matters are non-negotiable! We won’t negotiate with the enemy on matters that provide us with our national sovereignty,” he added.
“Our dear Iran was once submissive to American, Zionist, and English advocates. This nation, country and its history had been drawn into repression by dependent, cruel, weak and submissive rulers,” he said.
Ayatollah Khamenei mentioned the enemy’s desire for dominance in the region and the importance of the Army cadets, who serve the nation, maintaining, “The Islamic Republic glorified and dignified Iran. Today our fight with the arrogant powers is over their desire to dominate our region. The most pivotal element of our national sovereignty is viewed as an intrusive element by our enemies–one that needs to be fought against.”
Furthermore, he raised the issue of Iran’s defensive development and the enemy’s disdain for it, by adding, “They oppose the development of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s power in our region and beyond, because it is the country’s strategic depth.”
The Leader of the Revolution, brought to light issues regarding security and its correlation with the economic situation in Iran.
“If we say security is important, it’s because any other progress depends on it today: one of the main issues of the country is the people’s livelihood, which depends upon the economy. Economy requires security and must be built on a secure institution.”
Touching further on Iran’s economical situation Ayatollah Khamenei mentioned, “Our historical problem is the dependence of the economy on oil; this has caused a concern for economic security at all times: The price of oil declined, it rose, that oil customer did not pay… when everything revolves around oil, the economy is insecure; the economy must be secured.”
The Leader of the revolution spoke on recent controversies surrounding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), clearly reiterating his position on Iran’s defensive capabilities, by stating, “We have previously declared, and once again we declare that the defense capabilities of the country are non-negotiable and not to be bargained for!”