Iran vows to boost defense capabilities "in full strength"

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-08 05:15:28|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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TEHRAN, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Iran said on Saturday that it allows no intrusion into its defense and will boost its capabilities in the sector, state IRIB TV reported.

"We will continue our country's defensive capabilities and policies in full strength and will never allow others' intrusion into this sector," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying.

Iran would not accept talks on its "non-negotiable" defensive and missile programs, he said, stressing the importance of maintaining the country's military prowess considering the ongoing complicated situation in the region.

"Our policies are not against any country. Our military policies are completely for defensive objectives," he noted.

A day earlier, Qasemi "categorically" denied the reports that Tehran is ready to talk with powers over its ballistic missile program.

Iran has repeatedly announced that "its defense program will never be subject to negotiations," Qasemi said.

Developing "missile program is Iran's inalienable right and will determinedly be continued in line with the country's strategic and conventional defense program," he added.

On the same day, western media quoted an unnamed source as saying that Iran has suggested to six world powers that it may be open to talks about its ballistic missile arsenal, seeking to reduce tension over the disputed program.

Iran and the United States are at loggerheads over Iran's missile program. Over the past months, Washington has imposed sanctions on some Iranian and international entities linked with Tehran's missile tests.

Iranian military and government officials have unanimously vowed to bolster the ballistic missile program for deterrent purposes.