IRGC official says Iran’s conventional arms non-negotiable

IRGC official says Iran's conventional arms non-negotiable
       IRGC official says Iran’s conventional arms non-negotiable



General Mohammad-Ismaeil Kowsari, the advisor to the IRGC commander, told Yemen’s Al-Masira website on Thursday that conventional defense weapons are “our right” and cannot be negotiated in any way, and it is an issue on which there is consensus, according to Iran Press.


“Iran has never sought war and has defense agents to deter any aggression and will respond to any aggression against its territory with power,” Kowsari warned.


In recent weeks, the Iranian Army and the IRGC have conducted various military exercises across the country. These drills involve homegrown missiles, drones, helicopters, submarines, military ships, and UAVs.


Different missiles have been tested during the drills, including Zolfaqar Basir with a range of 700 km, Dezfoul with a range of 1,000 km, and Qiyam with a range of 800 km.


Iran has been insisting that its weapons are the only deterrents.


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When Iraq’s Saddam Hussein invaded Iran in the 1980s, no country sold missiles to Iran to defend itself. Saddam’s army fired missiles on Iranian cities. The weapons were provided to the Saddam regime mostly by the Soviet Union and Western countries, particularly France. German and Dutch companies also provided materials to the Iraqi regime for building chemical weapons. The United States also supported Saddam in the war against Iran. It gave satellite images of the Iranian forces stationed in the border region.The memories of the 1980-88 war are still haunting the Iranian nation. Once in a while remains of Iranian soldiers killed in the war are unearthed.Though the United Nations faulted Iraq for invading Iran it failed to force Iraq to pay reparations to Iran.General Kowsari also said Iran would fulfill its nuclear obligations only if the other parties fulfill their obligations in practice not in words.
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