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Velayati: Iran never overlooks its defense strategy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 21, IRNA -- Supreme Leader's Advisor for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran never overlooks its defense strategy.

He made the remarks in a speech to the staff of the office for publishing Imam Khomeini's Works.

He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has drawn up defense stratefy according to which it produces different type of missiles (except for those carrying warheads) with liquid or solid fuel whether short or long range.

He criticized the US and western governments for alleging that the sanctions on Iran have been effective to bring Iran to the negotiating table.

He said that following remarks made by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution during Eid al-Fitr prayers, it was predictable that they would try to misuse the atmosphere and the nuclear deal to imply that their economic pressures urged Iran to come to the table of negotiations.

They themselves know that their claim is a sheer lie as Iran after triumph of the Islamic revolution has been under sanctions, he said.

The Americans from the early stages of the Islamic Revolution attempted to use sanctions as a leverage for economic pressure on Iran, he said.

There is no doubt that the sanctions brought us hardship but in the meantime, Iran made a good exercise to idevelop self-reliance and self-sufficiency and reduce dependence on the outside world, he said.

The advances made in the military areas are thanks to the efforts of the talented youths and intellectuals and the fact is that the economic sanctions urged Iran pave the way to attain self-sufficiency in many fields, he said.

The sanctions forced Iran to do the job from the beginning in many industrial fields, Velayati said.

'Iran's nuclear program led to tough economic sanctions obliging us to find a way out of the restrictions by enhanced exports to overseas,' he said.

Economic sanctions did not bring Iran to negotiating table as the sanctions never exerted pressure on Iran, because, Iran should have not built even one set of centrifuge but the UNSC in its resolution adopted for the first ever time acknowledged that Iran has some five to six thousand active centrifuges, he said.

On nuclear deal signed between Iran and G5+1, he said there is no doubt that it has some weaknesses but there is no doubt that the Iranian nuclear negotiators did their best in carrying out their duties, Velayati said.

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