Iran can export weapons to over 50 countries: minister
* General Vahidi says Iran self-sufficient in producing defence products
* Iran in talks with Russia to receive missile system
TEHRAN: Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi has said that Iran’s defence is at the height of its power and totally self-sufficient in producing defence products, the Press TV channel reported on Wednesday.
General Vahidi said that the country could supply weapons to over 50 countries, the news source channel reported. “At the moment the Islamic Republic is at the height of power and is able to export defence products,” he was quoted as saying.
Iran had manufactured defence products and that the country was self-sufficient in military industries, producing military equipment and weapons, as well as electronic, radar and optical projects, he said. Iran has completed number of defence projects despite UN sanctions against Iranian military and finances, due to its nuclear programme.
Earlier this week, Iran blamed the West for a computer worm called “Stuxnet” found on the computers of employees of the country’s nuclear power plant. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the worm won’t make Iran give up or stop its nuclear activities.
Recently, Iran’s Defence Ministry has unveiled numerous military equipment and weapons including electronic, radar and optical projects. The “Bavar 2” stealth flying boat, which is a radar-evading fixed-wing seaplane capable of patrol and reconnaissance missions, was unveiled recently.
Earlier, the Iranian minster confirmed that equipping the naval and armed forces with advanced and modern weaponry would bolster the stability and security of the region and play an effective role in consolidating Iran’s deterrent power.
General Vahidi also said that Iran was in talks with Russian officials to receive S-300 missile system. “Russia’s refusal to hand over the missile system goes against the agreement signed by the two countries,” he said. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has already signed a decree, officially prohibiting the shipment of S-300 air defence missile systems, armoured vehicles, warplanes and helicopters and warships to Iran in line with the UN Security Council resolution.
The S-300 is an advanced mobile missile system which can shoot down aircraft and cruise missiles from up to 150 kilometres away. Iran inked a deal with Russia to buy the S-300 missile systems in 2007, however Russia has delayed the delivery. The resolution measure came shortly after Iran, Turkey and Brazil signed a proposal on May 17, based on which Iran would send half of its uranium stockpile to Turkey to receive highly-enriched uranium at a later time.
General Vahidi then turned to the US travel ban on some Iranian officials and said it demonstrates weakness of the US diplomacy. “The US administration is trying to conceal its failure through refusal to issue visa for Iranian officials,” he said. US President Barack Obama’s administration stepped up pressure against Iran’s government, imposing financial and travel sanctions on eight Iranian officials. daily time monitor