News ID: 279805
Published: 0321 GMT January 23, 2021

Defense minister: Sanctions made Iran stronger

Defense minister: Sanctions made Iran stronger
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami (L) is visiting a plant manufacturing training jets in Tehran on January 23, 2021.

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said the hostile attempts to hinder Iran’s progress in military industry have backfired and even helped the country speed up development in this field.

Referring to the sanctions imposed on the country by the United States in recent years, the minister said Iran’s defense industries have gained self-sufficiency under the pressure of the “cruel” sanctions.

During a Saturday visit to a plant manufacturing training jets, the defense minister described the Iranian aviation industry as a perfect example of confrontation with the sanctions, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Hatami said the restrictions helped Iran focus on domestic capabilities and make headways against the enemy’s will.

The Islamic Republic’s experience of the past four decades shows that the cost of surrender to bullying powers is much higher than that of resistance, the minister underlined.

Ever since the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979, the US and its allies have been taking the country under indiscriminate economic and trade sanctions.

The US lifted the nuclear-related ones among the bans after the conclusion of a multi-national nuclear accord between Iran and world powers in 2015. In 2018, however, it unilaterally and illegally left the deal and reimposed the sanctions.

Over the past years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing military equipment and hardware.


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