Tehran supports the non-nuclear status of the Middle East and will continue to apply efforts in this direction, Deputy Chief of General Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces reiterated.

Iran PressEurope: Ali Abdollahi, heading a high-ranking defense delegation, is in Moscow at the invitation of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

Abdollahi made the comment at the 10th Moscow Conference on International Security on Tuesday.

"We will continue to apply efforts to create a region free from nuclear weapons," he said.

Iran’s authorities have repeatedly pointed out that the country’s nuclear program has an exclusively peaceful nature.

On August 2, Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi asserted that Iran did not need nuclear weapons and therefore did not intend to move in the direction of developing a nuclear bomb.