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Iran mainly focused on strengthening defense, deterrence power: defense minister

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Tue / 13 March 2018 / 14:33

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami held talks with Netherland's ambassador to Tehran Susanna Terstal on Tuesday.

During the meeting held in Tehran, General Hatami expressed Iran's interest in developing its defense relations with the Netherlands saying the two sides have historical relations with each other.

Referring to the instability in the region, he said, "The instability is partly due to the conditions in the region but a large part of it goes back to the interference of foreign powers".

"As US officials confessed, Washington established the ISIS terrorist group in the region and provided it with financial and military support by allocating $550m to keep them alive," General Hatami added, blaming foreign powers' meddling and their double standards for the current chaos in the Middle East.

He underlined the importance of defense capability in today's world and added, "Today, with the eight-year experience of the war imposed by Iraq on Iran, we have come to this strategic conclusion that national security cannot be provided without defense capability and high deterrence power".

General Hatami insisted that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always respected the independence, territorial integrity and the national sovereignty of all states and noted, "We are mainly focused on strengthening our defense capability and deterrence".

He then referred to the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen and called on the Netherlands as a non-permanent member of the United Nation Security Council as well as its permanent members to stop Saudi Arabia's relentless war on the impoverished country and deaths of innocent civilians including women and children there.

The defense minister also referred to US' unfounded claim that Iran provided missiles to Yemen, saying "while Yemen is under siege and medicine and food cannot get there, sending weapons and missiles to Yemen is by no means possible."

"Such claims are levelled against the Islamic Republic of Iran to divert the international community's attentions from the crimes underway in Yemen," he said.

The Dutch ambassador, for her part, referred to the efforts to develop relations between Iran and the Netherlands, saying "the Netherlands is interested in developing defense relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran."

Terstal said, "The Netherlands is seeking peace and security across the world and the government of the Netherlands attaches great significance to creating peace and stability and has adopted good measures to this effect".

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