Aug 29, 2021 08:50 UTC
  • Boosting Iran’s defense power a certain duty: Top general

The chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces described the constant improvement of defense capabilities as a cardinal strategy of the Islamic Republic, noting that maintaining security in a delicate region would be impossible without self-reliant military power.

According to Tasnim news agency, speaking at a ceremony in Tehran on Sunday, held to inaugurate the new Iranian defense minister, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said the expansion of Iran’s defense power is a definite and unavoidable duty for various reasons.

He also noted that the Defense Ministry of Iran has a primary responsibility for the enhancement of the defense power and maintaining the military preparedness.

The top commander then praised the Iranian forces’ remarkable achievements, saying the outcome of the activities of the Iranian Armed Forces, considering Iran’s low military budget in comparison with other countries, is incomparable in quality.

The general said while Russians refused to provide Iran even with the shape of their Iskander missile, which is a ballistic missile with a range of 300 km, Iranian experts managed to gain the technical know-how to manufacture homegrown ballistic missiles with pinpoint accuracy.

Major General Baqeri explained that Iran is located in a very delicate region with sensitive conditions, adding that maintaining security and calm and ensuring development in such circumstances would be impossible without a self-reliant defense power.

Pointing to the US military campaign in the region on the pretext of the suspicious 9/11 attacks, the Iranian general said Americans continue to diversify their plots against the region.

He pointed to the US invasion of Afghanistan and its ultimate withdrawal from that country after a humiliating defeat, saying the Americans have pulled out as the oppressed people of Afghanistan have been left with unrest and without a bright prospect.

“Despite spending $ 2,000 billion (in Afghanistan), the US turned the Afghan National Army into a useless army that could resist against that attacking group (Taliban) for only 11 days,” the top commander added.