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Spokesman: Iran's Military Might for Deterrence.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier-General Abolfazl Shekarchi underlined that his country is sending the message of peace and friendship to the world, highlighting that all military capabilities of Tehran are for the sake of deterrence.

Shekarchi once again reiterated Iran's message of peace and friendship to the world, emphasizing that the country seeks no one's permission to boost its defense capabilities.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran manufactures any equipment it requires to defend the country and will not ask for anybody's permission in this regard," he told the media on Sunday.

The military official added that Iran has been enhancing its power since the victory of the Islamic Revolution some 40 years ago, and currently enjoys high capabilities in defense and security sectors.

Shekarchi emphasized that the Islamic Republic continues to play its role as a powerful country in both regional and global spheres.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran's defense equipment, capabilities and power are meant for deterrence. However, if any country sought aggression ... against this land, it would be given such a strong response that it would regret what it has done," Shekarchi added.

The military official said the Iranian Armed Forces are capable of "easily" defending the country's interests, adding, "We are saying to the whole world that Iran's message is not war and bloodshed but peace and friendship."

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

The Iranian Armed Forces have recently test-fired different types of newly-developed missiles and torpedoes and tested a large number of home-made weapons, tools and equipment, including submarines, military ships, artillery, choppers, aircrafts, UAVs and air defense and electronic systems, during massive military drills.

Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran's wargames and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor.

In relevant remarks in August, a senior spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces underlined the country's ability to establish security in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, saying that no trans-regional power was entitled to interfere in this region's security issues.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is the guarantor of security in the Persian Gulf region and the Strait of Hormuz and no one but us should speak about security of this region," Brigadier-General Abolfazl Shekarchi told reporters in Tehran.

"Security of the Strait of Hormuz is related to the superior power of this region which is Iran and whatever we do in the Persian Gulf region is aimed at establishing security," he added.

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Date:Feb 4, 2019
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