Iranian Foreign Office denounces British Foreign Office’s “indiscreet statement” on Iran’s defensive capabilities
Iranian Foreign Office blasted the UK for an “indiscreet statement” issued by the Foreign Office on Iran’s defensive capabilities, stressing that Tehran acts within international laws and regulations and in accordance with needs defense of the Islamic Republic.
“The nuclear program of the Islamic Republic of Iran is completely peaceful, as evidenced by thousands of hours of inspections and numerous reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and Iran does has not designed its missiles for nuclear purposes because it does not and does not intend to use nuclear energy for military purposes, ”Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement on Friday.
“The British know better than anyone that Iran’s missile program has nothing to do with UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and its provisions,” he added, stressing that it was is the United Kingdom which practically violates the provisions of the said resolution by “an arbitrary interpretation”. “
The massive five-day exercises of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), dubbed Grand Prophet 17, ended on Friday. The maneuvers took place in the Persian Gulf region, the Strait of Hormuz, as well as the coastal areas of the southern province of Ormuzgan, Bushehr and Khuzestan. The exercises were among the main military exercises Iran conducts regularly to improve its combat readiness.
The large-scale military exercises aimed to demonstrate the maneuverability of solid-fuel missiles to traverse enemy shields and to improve the combat readiness of IRGC forces.
Earlier on Friday, the UK Foreign Office criticized the drills and the ballistic missile fire in a statement, saying “These actions pose a threat to regional and international security and we call on Iran to immediately cease its activities.” .
Khatibzadeh condemned the Foreign Office’s statement as interference in Iran’s internal affairs, pointing out that it is a stark example of London’s pursuit of two-tier policies.
He said the UK is worried about Iran’s usual military exercises amid an endless race between Britain and European countries to sell the most destructive weapons to West Asia and to other regions affected by the crisis, and while London signs military pacts such as AUKUS without paying attention to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Khatibzadeh also denounced the efforts of the British authorities to accuse Iran of being a threat to the region, stressing that what has fueled instability and insecurity in the region, including the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, is ” the insatiable appetite “of Great Britain and other European countries. to sell large quantities of advanced weapons to specific countries in the region, knowing full well that the use of such weapons is in violation of international law, in particular humanitarian law.
“Therefore, it is they who must be held accountable to the oppressed people of the region and the international community for the resurgence of instability and insecurity in the region,” added the spokesperson for the Iranian ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In conclusion, Khatibzadeh stressed that the defense program of the Islamic Republic of Iran is not negotiable and that the country does not need the permission of others to develop its defensive capabilities.
In recent years, Iranian military experts and technicians have made great strides in developing and manufacturing a wide range of domestically produced equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in this regard.
Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that the Islamic Republic will not hesitate to strengthen its defense capabilities, stressing that these capabilities are entirely for defense and will never be the subject of negotiations.