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Iran's missile power, deterrent: Defense Minister

Tehran, Nov 17, IRNA - Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said on Monday that Iran sees missile and defensive power as deterrent to safeguard the regional stability, peace and tranquility.

Talking to IRNA, he rejected anti-Iran claims by Washington following the test fire of the new generation of surface-to-surface missiles called 'Sejjil'.

Sejil surface-to-surface missile

The US officials condemned successful test fire of the new missiles by the Islamic Republic of Iran, saying the move was violation of the UN Security Council resolutions and threat against regional states.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran's missile power aims to safeguard stability and tranquility," Najjar added.

Iran's missile power is a defensive power, he said, adding that Iran's progress in achieving modern technologies is a result of self-belief of the Iranian young scientists.

"The two-stage missile uses combined solid fuel and has a high launching speed, he said.

He added that Sejjil was manufactured for defensive purposes in order to strengthen peace and stability of the region.

Since the enemies are concerned over Iran's progress and development, they try to mislead the world public opinion against the Islamic Republic, the minister said.

He said that such claims have no effect on the regional countries and the regional states have understood that Iran's missile power is for deterrence.

"Tehran has repeatedly announced that the regional security should be provided by the regional states and that the foreign forces should quit the region," the Iranian minister noted.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is a friend of all regional states, he said, adding that Tehran has proved in the past 30 years that is not willing to attack or violate any territory.

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