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Defense minister: Iran faces no military threat

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 9, IRNA
Minister of Defense Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said here Tuesday that following resumption of nuclear activities, Iran faces no military threat.

Addressing his last press briefing as defense minister of Iran, Shamkhani said Iraq war has given the US a big lesson and that it it should not invade any other country.

Shamkhani said the new EU3 proposal submitted to Iran was "insulting and humiliating" and what they demanded from Iran was to end its enrichment activities, commitment to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and adoption of the NPT additional protocol.

He said uranium enrichment is a national achievement and therefore it is not negotiable.

Asked whether certain countries might attack Iran's nuclear facilities, Shamkhani said, "Why they should attack our nuclear facilities; Iran's nuclear facilities are for peaceful purposes." "We will breach our nuclear commitments only when another country attacks Iran's nuclear facilities," Shamkhani made it clear.

"We have built nuclear facilities by ourselves and if they are destructed one day, we can built them again in another part of our country; it will be very foolish to attack the facilities." He said the nuclear facilities are equipped with air defense systems.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Shamkhani said Iran is not afraid of possible referral of its case to the UN Security Council.

"Referral of Iran's dossier to the Security Council is not something easy though it is possible."
Asked about Iran's achievement in the domain of satellite and missile, Shamkhani said, "We are not after nuclear weapons because this has no room either in our military strategy or in our religious beliefs."
Concerning Iran's missile activities, Shamkhani said Shahab-3 missile is not a threat to any specific country and has merely been developed to repel possible threats.

Denying allegations that Iran was interfering in Iraq's internal affairs or its alleged involvement in bomb explosions in the country, Shamkhani stressed that Iran has played no role in Iraq affairs.



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