Recent allegations by the Americans that Iran has violated the UN Security Council resolution by test-firing a ballistic missile are nothing new, Head of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati told reporters Saturday.
The following is the translation of what else Fars News Agency quoted him as saying on October 17:
Velayati, who also serves as an advisor to the Supreme Leader for international affairs, said, “Based on the country’s needs, the Islamic Republic chooses the type of weapons and missiles it wants to defend itself.”
Recalling the fact that some regional countries are supplied with different weapons by the US, he said, “At a time when the region is gripped by chaos, Iran won’t ignore defense issues, whether they like it or not.”
He concluded, “We have not bowed to military restrictions in nuclear talks,” adding that Iran’s defense measures have nothing to do with nuclear talks.