FNA- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari blasted French President Emmanuel Macron for his remarks against Iran, stressing that the western states are uselessly attempting to persuade Tehran to hold talks about its missile and defense power.
“We consider the new French president’s words on talks about (Iran’s) missile power as a result of his youngness and naivety. He will soon conclude that such an attempt is fruitless,” General Jafari told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Thursday.
Stressing that Iran will never hold talks on its missile power, he said, “The government is not after such an issue at all and they (the westerners) will soon become aware of the fruitlessness of their attempts.”
General Jafari explained that Iran’s missile power is different from the nuclear case on which Iran held talks with the world powers, and said, “The nuclear issue was not related to the defense power but the missile power constitutes our defense power.”
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said Iran has developed conventional defense capabilities and will never put its defense power to discussion with any foreign country.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s conventional defense capabilities and capacities are not negotiable at all and they will continue (development) based on the national plans by a deterrence approach against threats,” Shamkhani was quoted as saying by the Iranian media.
He reiterated that the path of maintenance and enhancement of Iran’s defense power and its active anti-terrorism role and defense for the oppressed nations in the region can never be swayed.
Shamkhani also underlined that Iran’s missile power as an important part of its defensive deterrence power will not stop progress under the sanctions, and stressed that Iranian scientists will turn pressures and boycotts into an opportunity to leap to the higher levels of capability and power.