Iranian President's Pick for DM Stresses Establishment of Security in Entire Region, World

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, who is President Rouhani's pick for the post of defense minister, announced that his country is resolved to help establish stability and security in the entire region and the world.

General Hatami made the remarks, addressing an open session of the parliament on Thursday while he was defending his plans as President Hassan Rouhani's pick for the post of defense minister.

He reiterated that Iran will upgrade its ballistic and cruise missile power and renovate and reconstruct its air and naval military power.

General Hatami said that the defense ministry will cooperate with the foreign ministry to establish security and stability in the region and the world.

In relevant remarks on Monday, General Hatami announced that the country has formed 10 quick-reaction brigades to intensify fight against terrorist groups.

"5 quick-reaction brigades have been formed by the Army's Ground Force and 5 brigades have been formed in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force to fight against terrorism (more) seriously," General Hatami said.

Elsewhere, he warned of enemies' attempts to decelerate Iran's progress in the missile industry, and said, "The defense ministry's priority is strengthening the missile and naval industries, air force, air defense and ground force."

His remarks came after senior military officials in Tehran stressed on Monday that the country is determined to keep on fighting the terrorist groups in the region with no pause.

"We continue to counter the ISIL on all scenes and the most important issue is to take the initiative on these scenes and cleanse the region from the terrorists who have been nurtured by the world arrogance, including the US and Israel," Deputy Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Major General Mostafa Izadi told reporters.

Also, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour referred to Iran's presence in Iraq and Syria at the demand of their governments to provide their military forces with advisory aid, and said, "We entered Iraq and Syria when the terrorists had approached our redlines."

He said had Iran not sent advisors to Iraq and Syria, its security would have been compromised given the presence of Saudi spy agencies and the terrorists.


*Source: Farsnews