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No bargain, negotiation on Iran defense power: Leader

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 25, IRNA -- Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei reiterated on Wednesday that the country's defense capabilities will not be subject to any negotiation or bargain.

'Our dear Iran was once submissive to American, Zionist, and English advocates. This nation, country and its history had been drawn into repression by dependant, cruel, weak and submissive rulers,' he said in the Joint graduation, inauguration and epaulet granting ceremony for cadets of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army at Imam Ali Officers' Academy.

'The Islamic Republic glorified and dignified Iran. Today our fight with the arrogant powers is over their desire to dominate our region. The most pivotal element of our national sovereignty is viewed as an intrusive element by our enemies--one that needs to be fought against.'

'They oppose the development of the Islamic Republic of Iran's power in our region and beyond, because it is the country's strategic depth,' the Supreme Leader added.

'We have previously declared, and once again we declare that the defense capabilities of the country are non-negotiable and not to be bargained for! That they ask, why we have some defense facility, why we produce them, or why do we conduct research?--these matters are non-negotiable. We won't negotiate with the enemy on matters that provide us with our national sovereignty,' he said.

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