18 Jul 2024
Saturday 4 February 2017 - 11:29
Story Code : 249628

Iranian official says Tehran has sovereign right to boost its defense capability

Sputnik- Iran has a soverign right to work on strengthening its defense capability, ballistic misile tests are part of the country's defense strategy, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, assistant to Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani, said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) The statement comes asTehran announced that the sanctions imposed onIran bythe White House were "illegal," and that inretaliation they would impose legal restrictions onAmerican individuals and entities that are assisting "regional terrorist groups."

Larijani expressed his belief that military maneuvers and tests ofadvanced missiles inIran is "an internal affair aimed atstrengthening the country's defense capability."
"Iran's defense policy is an internal affair ofthe country. Considering a difficult situation intoday's world, we are working diligently onstrengthening our defense capability," Abdollahian said inan exclusive interview withRT Arabic.

Ealier inthe day, the US imposed a new roundof sanctions onIran forconducting a ballistic missile test. The US Treasury Department blacklisted 25 entities and individuals.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer also said inhis daily press briefing onFriday that the 2015 nuclear agreement withIran is not inthe best interest ofWashington.

Irans Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan confirmed onWednesday a successful test ofa medium-range ballistic missile onJanuary 29.
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