Sanctions made Iran more self-sufficient: Analyst

The US-led sanctions imposed against Iran have made the Islamic Republic ‘more self-sufficient’ and ‘stronger,’ a former Pentagon official tells Press TV.

In a recent interview with Press TV, Michael Maloof said the recent downing of an Israeli spy drone in Iranian skies by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is indicative of Iran’s “very good capabilities.”

“I think that it really does show the capability and the readiness of Iranian forces to be able to respond to these discrete and secretive efforts,” the analyst stated.

Maloof also described the US-led bans imposed on Iran over its civilian nuclear work as a “double-edged sword for the West,” saying the Islamic Republic has become even “stronger” and “more self-sufficient” under such pressure.

“Iran has been able to proceed on its own and develop its own independence and self-sufficient capability, which is quite something, and I think this is indicative of their capabilities … they probably have other capabilities that the world would be surprised about,” Maloof stated.

The IRGC announced on Sunday that it had successfully intercepted and shot down an Israeli espionage unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which was on its way toward Natanz nuclear facility in Iran’s central province of Isfahan.

The sophisticated stealth drone, which is an Israeli-made Hermes type, can operate within a radius of 800 kilometers and is capable of flying 1,600 kilometers without refueling, according to the IRGC.

By Press TV

 

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