Zarif: Iran’s military capability meant for self-defense

IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that Iran’s military capability is meant for self-defense.

“We use our high military capability to defend ourselves in the face of the illusive thoughts of those who take pride in some imported weaponry,” Zarif said.

They well know that a nation whose sovereignty is derived from the message of martyrs and the efforts of its scientists and armed forces feels no concern about the rhetoric of a group whose all belongings depends on others, the foreign minister added.

Reacting to recent anti-Iran remarks made by the Turkish officials, he said that the fight against terrorism and extremism in the region requires cooperation and assistance of all countries. “Fanning the fuel of sectarian issues will serve no one.”

Noting that Iran had effective cooperation with Russia and Turkey to ensure ceasefire in Syria, Zarif added, “We hope that our neighbors have understood the benefits of interaction.”

Speaking about the JCPOA, Zarif said that Iran’s negotiating team had gained every advantages in the nuclear deal “on the basis of a stage-by-stage process and we continued this approach.”

“In most parts, all obstacles have been removed, particularly in the oil and transportation sectors which were two of the three major parts” of the negotiations, said the foreign minister.

Noting that Tehran is also seeking to remove all obstacles one-by-one in the field of banking relations, Zarif said that more achievements will be made in the future.

‘The international community has also resisted certain rhetoric heard these days and stressed that the JCPOA has to be maintained,’ Zarif said.