The Iranian Foreign Office criticizes the British Foreign Office’s “intrusive statement” on Iran’s defense capabilities

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The Iranian Foreign Ministry has condemned the UK for making an “intrusive statement” by the Foreign Office on Iran’s defense capabilities, in which it stressed that Tehran is acting in accordance with international laws and regulations and in accordance with the defense needs of the Islamic Republic.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program is completely peaceful, as evidenced by thousands of hours of inspections and numerous reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and Iran has not developed its missiles for nuclear purposes because it has not and has no plans to To use nuclear energy militarily, ”Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement on Friday.

“The British know better than anyone that the Iranian missile program has nothing to do with UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and its provisions,” he added, emphasizing that Britain’s “arbitrary interpretation” is practically in violation of the provisions of that resolution . ”

The five-day massive exercises by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), dubbed Great Prophet 17, ended on Friday. The maneuvers took place in the Persian Gulf region, the Strait of Hormuz as well as in the coastal areas of the southern province of Hormuzgan, Bushehr and Khuzestan. The exercises were part of large military exercises that Iran holds regularly to improve its combat readiness.

The large-scale military exercises were designed to demonstrate the maneuverability of solid fuel rockets to traverse enemy shields and improve the combat readiness of the IRGC forces.

Earlier on Friday, the UK Foreign Office issued a statement criticizing the exercises and ballistic missile launching, saying: “These actions pose a threat to regional and international security and we urge Iran to immediately cease its activities.”

Khatibzadeh condemned the Foreign Office’s statement as meddling in the internal affairs of Iran and stressed that it was a vivid example of the continuation of London’s double standard policy.

He said the UK was concerned about Iran’s usual military drills amid an endless race between the UK and European countries to sell the most destructive weapons to West Asia and other troubled regions, and while London was signing military pacts like AUKUS without paying attention to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ).

Khatibzadeh also condemned the efforts of British officials to blame Iran as a threat to the region, stressing that the “insatiable appetites” of the UK and other European countries had fueled instability and insecurity in the region, including the humanitarian disaster in Yemen Selling large quantities of advanced weapons to certain countries in the region, although the use of such weapons is well known in violation of international law, particularly humanitarian law.

“Therefore, it is they who must be held accountable to the oppressed people of the region and the international community for the rise in instability and insecurity in the region,” said the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman.

In conclusion, Khatibzadeh stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s defense program is non-negotiable and that the country does not need the permission of others to develop its defense capabilities.

Iranian military experts and technicians have made great strides in the past few years in the design and manufacture of a wide range of domestically manufactured equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in this regard.

Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to develop its defense capabilities, stressing that these capabilities are for defense purposes only and will never be the subject of negotiation.


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