0218 GMT July 19, 2019
"International circumstances have put Iran in such premium position that… it has undeniable influence on recent developments in the region and the world as the region’s top power,” Zarif said in an address to a conference of Iranian military attachés and representatives in foreign countries held in Tehran on Sunday, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The ground is prepared for Iran’s power to turn into institutionalized and long-term influence and might in the international arena, the minister added.
He also emphasized the need for constant efforts to boost Iran’s military and economic power to cope with the current sensitive situation, which Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has described as a “critical historic turn”.
In comments in late August, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined the need for strengthening the country’s military power, describing it as natural and an inalienable right.