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Defense minister: Iran ready for joint military exercises with regional states

Bandar Abbas, April 6, IRNA-Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said on Thursday that the most significant message of the recently conducted 'Holy Prophet' war game was 'peace and friendship' for the neighboring states.

The Iranian armed forces are ready to conduct any joint military war games with any of the Persian Gulf littoral states to remove any probable misunderstanding and concern, said the minister.

Iran is ready to sign non-aggression pact with the Persian Gulf states to prevent trans-regional powers from misusing current situation in the region, said the minister.

Iran has successfully test-fired ten missiles, including underwater missile, super-modern flying boat, land-to-sea missile, and a powerful torpedo, during its week-long "Great Prophet" war games that started in the Persian Gulf waters Friday, he said.

"The mass production of the tested weapons have been finalized and we are ready to test fire some other new sophisticated weapons in the near future," said the minister.

Highlighting Iran's capabilities for production of all types of sophisticated defensive weapons, he said in defense sector sanction is meaningless and Iran by relying on its talented youth is ready to meet the needs of its armed forces, pointed out the minister.

Combatants from the navy and air force of the Islamic Republic Army and the Islamic Revolution's Guards Corps, missile units of the air force and Basij (voluntary) took part in the joint wargame.

Some 17,000 combatants along with 1,500 gunboats, jet fighters, and choppers took part in the wargame.

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