0400 GMT May 23, 2019
“Iran has the highest level of defense-military preparedness to confront any type of threat and excessive demands,” Hatami added.
Referring to numerous defeats of plots hatched by enemies in confronting Iran in the region, Hatami said that defeat of Takfiri terrorists in the region, especially in Iraq and Syria, has been a major blow to the US credibility and regional governments supporting terrorists. Therefore, they turned to economic means to exert pressure on the Iranian nation, IRNA reported.
He said enemies were using all they had in power to instill intimidation in regional countries and to counter Iran and break the nation’s resistance.
The defense minister, however, said that the Iranian nation will “defeat the American-Zionist front.”
Tensions have been mounting between Iran and the US after Washington sent further military forces to the Middle East, including an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and Patriot missiles, in a show of force against what US officials claim are Iranian threats to its troops and interests in the region.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel will stand by the United States to confront Iran.
Iran’s defense minister also referred to the country’s achievements in defense areas, saying that, “This privileged and exalted position (in the defense sector) has been achieved in the severest conditions (created by) sanctions on the Armed Forces”.
“We are proud that under these conditions, we have not forsaken the implementation of any defense programs or missions to strengthen and enhance deterrence,” he added.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.