Iran Stresses Efforts to Boost Defensive Systems

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran said it spares no effort to boost its defense system whether by buying or building new systems.

Iran's Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said on Wednesday that safeguarding the country's borders and independence is deemed a responsibility that Iran will do everything to bolster defensive abilities through buying or producing weapons, the Iranian students news agency reported.

Russia's state arms exporter announced on Monday that it is to send defensive weapons to Iran, including surface-to-air missiles. Also a Russian military source, unnamed, claimed sophisticated S-300 and S-300PMU1 systems will be delivered to Iran.

Washington urged Russia on Monday to clarify whether it has provided Iran with the weapons.

"We have repeatedly made clear at senior levels of the Russian government that we would strongly oppose the sale of the S-300," said State Department spokesman Robert Wood.

Najjar in this regard refused to give a clear yes or no answer whether Iran has bought Russia's S-300 missiles saying, "If necessary, we will comment in regard with certain cases."

However, he said, "We spare no efforts in buying or building these weapons."

Iran has many interactions with all friend and neighbor countries including Russia, he added, Tehran has bought Tor M-1 air defense missile systems.

The Tor-M1 all-weather surface-to-air missile system is designed to protect military and civilian facilities against sudden attacks by cruise missiles, smart bombs, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and unmanned aerial and remotely controlled assault vehicles. The system is capable of performing combat missions in any climatic conditions.Iran has successfully tested the TOR-M1 air defense missile system recently supplied by Russia. RIA Novosti

He then referred to the enemy chantage in this regard asserting neither Tehran nor Moscow would be influenced by the chantage since enemies want to deprive Iran from the right of employing defensive weapons.


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