Iran’s defensive power aimed at establishing peace in region: official
Iranian Defense official emphasized that the aim of the country's defense power is to establish peace in the region.
Iran Press/ Iran: Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Ghasem Taghizadeh said that Iran’s defensive power is aimed at establishing and strengthening peace and security in the region, Mehr News Agency reported.
Iranian Deputy Defense Minister made the remarks in a Friday meeting with Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Hanura Wiranto in Jakarta.
Pointing to the two nation’s common grounds in culture and religion, Taghizadeh described the role of the two countries in strengthening security in the southeast and southwest Asia as crucial.
He went on to say that Iran has never started a war with its neighboring states throughout its contemporary history.
Touching upon US unilateral sanctions against Iran, he noted that these measures are a continuation of US’ violations of international agreements.
The United States on Monday restored sanctions targeting Iran’s oil, banking and transport sectors and threatened more action- steps that Tehran called economic warfare and vowed to defy.
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said Tehran had so far been able to sell as much oil as it needs despite US pressure.
Speaking in a meeting with the deputies and managers of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance, Rouhani added, "America wanted to cut to zero Iran's oil sales but we will continue to sell our oil to break sanctions."
The President added, “What the Americans are doing today is putting pressure merely on the people. Today, we are not the only one who are angry about US policies, even European companies and governments are angry about them.”
Wiranto, for his part, said that the relations between Iran and Indonesia have always been based on mutual respect.
Elsewhere, pointing to Iran’s technological capacity, the Indonesian minister called for increased cooperation between the two countries and also among Islamic states.
Taghizadeh is in Indonesia to visit Indo Defence Expo & Forum, a 4-day event being held from 7th November to 10th November 2018 at Jakarta’s JIExpo Kemayoran. This event showcases product from Security & Defense industry.