Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar Thursday underlined full preparedness of his country’s armed forces, saying that Iranian troops are closely monitoring enemy moves in the region. The General further told reporters that Iran’s strategy pursues protection of peace and security in the Persian Gulf region, reminding that the Islamic Republic’s performance in the last 28 years proves that Tehran has always been pursuing the policy of dÃ©tente in the region.
“And it (the Islamic Republic) will move on the same track in future, and if any problem arises in this region, it would happen as a result of the deployment of alien troops,” he continued.
The minister reiterated the need for the withdrawal of foreign forces from the region, and said that security must be established in the Persian Gulf through collective measures and cooperation by the littoral states.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always had the message of peace and friendship for its neighbors in the Persian Gulf, and we are eager to lead a peaceful life and have interaction with the Muslim and neighboring states over the issues of this region,” he said.
The General stated that following the recent orders by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Iranian armed forces are now implementing several plans to further establish security in the Persian Gulf.
He also said that Iranian armed forces are using all their modern and advanced tools and possibilities to safeguard peace, stability and calm in the Persian Gulf.
Reiterating that Iran is using advanced weapons and equipment to merely serve regional peace and friendship, Najjar said enemies are trying to portray Iran as a threat to regional countries through scattering rumors and launching psychological operations.
Elsewhere, he pointed to the military and scientific achievements of his ministry, and said that Iranian experts and researchers are hectically working on designing and manufacturing hi-tech defensive tools and equipment, adding that his ministry is now manufacturing Cruise missiles with different ranges, anti-armor rockets and missiles, surface-to-surface missiles with a range of two thousand kilometers, drones, and various types of naval weapons and instruments, including naval guns and cannons, arsenals, naval vessels, PT boats with launch pads, destroyers and submarines.
Najjar also voiced pleasure in the defense ministry’s efforts to manufacture a passenger plane called ‘Iran 140’.