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Velayati: Iran powerfully continues defense activities

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 2, IRNA -- Head of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council, Ali-Akbar Velayati, says the Islamic Republic of Iran is to powerfully continue its defense activities and has never sought any country's permission to do so.

Speaking to reporters after his meeting with visiting Armenian Defense Minister, Vigen Sargsyan, on Thursday, Velayati said it is not for the first time that a naive person from the US poses threats to Iran.

In the course of time, the US President, Donald Trump, will find out that baseless ranting against Iran only defame them in public opinion, he said, adding that the measures of the new US administration will be very harmful to the US people and their national interests.

The US will be the final loser, he said, adding that the Americans themselves are dissatisfied with the extremist measures of Trump and of his associates.

The new US president or those lacking sufficient experience in administrating a government should take lessons from their predecessors and avoid ranting in order not to be misused by other countries or the world public opinion, Velayati said.

Anyone who poses threats to Iran or any Muslim country should ask from his predecessors how the Americans were defeated in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, Velayati continued.

The Iranian official said Astana conference, held by Iran, Russia and Turkey, proved that problem with Syria can be resolved without presence of the US or other western countries.

Iran never gets permission from any country to defend itself and all test fired Iranian missiles are for defense purposes, he said.

The Americans have experienced defeats in the countries with much less power, Velayati said, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran as the first regional power with high defense capabilities never burdens and also never receives permission from any country or anyone in defending itself.

All test-fired missiles were defensive and Iran is to continue its defense activities with full strength, he said.

On recent allegations levelled by the US Advisor for Defense Security about Iran, he said the person is an inexperienced guy who has made an illogical claim and Iran never heeds to such claims as the Americans failed to take any positive measure in the region in connection with Iran.

Former US administration was disloyal to implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he said, adding that the US is indebted to Iran and should fulfill its pledges.

The Americans should avoid such measures, Velayati said.

He opined that Iran will prove in action that the Americans are unable to overcome Islamic nations inspired by Islamic awakenings.


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