Defence and military news, including stories from neighbouring states and the troubled region which might be important for Iran. This section contains news on the armed forces, the IRGC, intelligence services, and border guards.

Iran: Missile tests are legitimate measures to boost defense might

Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo said on Friday that Iran's recent ballistic missile tests were part of ongoing efforts of the armed forces to strengthen the country's legitimate defense capabilities.

Army Ground Force to Unveil Latest Accomplishments

Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Force Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari said the force will put on display its latest achievements in April.

Iran missiles serve defensive, deterrent purposes: Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the country’s ballistic missile serves defensive and deterrent purposes, stressing that the Islamic Republic has never sought to launch aggression against any country.

Iran’s Power Only for Defense, FM Zarif Cites IRGC Chief’s Words

Iran’s foreign minister said the country’s work on missiles -not designed for carrying nuclear warheads- has not been restricted by any treaty or UN resolution, making a reference to the IRGC commander’s assertion that Iran’s military force is meant for defense alone.

Iran’s Nuclear Chief: IRGC Missile Tests Not in Breach of JCPOA

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi flatly rejected the notion that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ recent missile drill has violated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a lasting nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Iran Turns Threats into Opportunities: IRGC Commander

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari underlined that enemies’ plots to undermine Iran’s Islamic Establishment have not only been thwarted but also turned into opportunities for the country.

Iran’s UN Mission: Missile Test Part of Efforts to Boost Defense Capabilities

Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in New York in a statement underlined that the country’s recent missile test was part of Tehran’s effort to boost capability to defend against any aggression.

Iran missile tests don’t violate nuclear agreement, EU says

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says Iran’s recent ballistic missile tests do not violate its nuclear deal with the world powers.

Iran FM defends right to use missiles for defense

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has defended the country's right to use ballistic missiles, saying Iran's missiles are a means of defense.

Iran’s Defense Might Non-Negotiable: MP

A senior member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said the Islamic Republic’s defense power can never be subject to any negotiation with the West or others.

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