Iran's missile might not up for negotiations: Leader's aide
Iran's missile capabilities are a matter of honor, independence and national confidence and are not up for negotiations, a top military advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says.
"If the Americans assume that they can negotiate with us about it [Iran's missile power], that is just wishful thinking and their calculations are wrong," Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, the Leader's advisor on military industries affairs, said in an interview with Russia Today, which was published on Sunday, adding, "We will never hold negotiations on our missile system under any circumstances."
The former Iranian defense minister then warned of a major plot led by the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia, against countries in the Middle East.
"We believe that the Americans and Israelis have no decision to wage a direct war on Iran," he said.
Dehqan also emphasized that Saudi Arabia is not an independent country and cannot make a decision for the region by itself, noting, "This country lacks broad political, economic and geographical power to engage in a war with Iran."
In a meeting with commanders and officials of Iranian Army's Air Defense Base in Tehran on September 2, Ayatollah Khamenei said there is no possibility of a military war on Iran given the ongoing political considerations, but the country's Armed Forces must continue to upgrade their human and military hardware capabilities.
"The Armed Forces must upgrade their human and military hardware capabilities on a daily basis through vigilance as well as efficient and dynamic management," Ayatollah Khamenei stated.
President Hassan Rouhani has also called on the Iranian Armed Forces to strengthen their preparedness in the face of enemy threats, saying the country’s defense power contributes to “sustainable peace.”
“History tells us that if we fail to be powerful and stand firm on our objectives, there are others who will bring us to our knees,” Rouhani said.
Iran's Deputy Defense Minister for International Affairs Second Brigadier General Mohammad Ahadi said on September 1 that the Islamic Republic plans to boost the capabilities of its ballistic and cruise missiles.
Over the past years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in manufacturing military equipment and hardware despite sanctions and economic pressures on the country.
The Islamic Republic maintains that its military power is solely for defensive purposes and does not pose any threat to other nations.