Iran’s defense capabilities non-negotiable

TEHRAN, Dec. 18 (MNA) – Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani said on Monday that Iran will never negotiate its defense and missile capabilities, calling on European countries to stop interfering in Iran’s affairs.

He was speaking at a meeting with the country’s top judicial officials.

The head of the judicial system of Iran referred to the recent remarks by Nicky Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, who had claimed the missile launched from Yemen towards Riyadh was Iranian-made, and said, “such baseless claims came after the US multiple defeats in the region.”

“They spent a lot of time and money trying to achieve their goals by creating terrorist groups like ISIL in the region, and tried to change the geography of the region according to their plans under the pretext of the presence of ISIS, but with the powerful presence of the Islamic Republic, along with its brothers in the region, ISIS collapsed and their plots were foiled,” Ayatollah Amoli Larijani noted.

Judiciary chief added that “the United States has been isolated after announcing the recognition of Jurasalem al-Quds as the Zionist regime's capital and we are witnessing that the people in various countries, especially in the occupied territories are continuing their protests against the move.”

Later in his speech, Amoli Larijani elaborated more on the issue of Iran’s missile defense system and said “if Europe is interested in negotiations over our missile defense, first they should allow Iran to enter their missile and defense affiars.”

At the end of his remarks, Ayatollah Amoli Larijani emphasized that “just because Iran faces some economic difficulties, they must not think they can put pressure on Iran and it will give in to their pressures. They must know that our people are vigilant and they have shown many times that they will stand against their conspiracies.”


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