0628 GMT January 20, 2019
In a message released on Tuesday evening, Rouhani expressed his gratitude to Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and the ministry’s military experts over the “remarkable” progress in defense industries, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The message came after 189 lawmakers issued a statement to express their appreciation for the progress made in the country’s defense sector, saying that despite 40 years of sanctions, Iran’s defense industry has made remarkable advances and become a role model for overcoming the embargoes.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underscored that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense, and that Iran’s defense capabilities will be never subject to negotiations.