Iran's missile self-sufficiency angers US, some Western countries: FM Zarif
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Iran's missile self-sufficiency angers US, some Western countries: FM Zarif

Zarif made the remarks while addressing a meeting in Tehran on Monday on the latest developments in the region and their impacts on the security of the Islamic Republic of Iran. “The reason why the US and some Western countries are angry [with the Islamic Republic] is that we make our missiles by relying on domestic specialists and are not dependent on them,” Iran's top diplomat said. Back in December, Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said the Islamic Republic is currently one of the world’s topmost missile powers despite being subject to severe sanctions during the past 40 years. “Today, Iran is among the world’s topmost powers in building missiles, radars, armored vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),” the defense minister said, emphasizing that Iran's defense power is meant to send the message of peace and friendship to other nations. Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif said thanks to the Islamic Revolution, the country is not dependent on others in any field and, therefore, it will neither submit to hegemony of other countries, nor seek hegemony over others. “When we needed missiles to defend our country's sovereignty, no country gave us missiles,” Iran's foreign minister said, adding, “It is not only in the field of missile [industry] that we have achieved such progress, [because] Iranian specialists have always turned difficulties into opportunities for advancement, and building missiles is just an example.” Zarif then pointed to Iran's military and diplomatic power and said, "No one in the world makes decisions for us and we ourselves make decisions for our fate…in the turbulent Middle East region." Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the country has managed to develop such a sense of self-esteem that it strongly resists against world powers' excessive demands in various fields, he added. The Iranian Navy in February test-fired three cruise missiles and several types of torpedoes during major drills held in a vast area from the Persian Gulf to the Indian Ocean. The Qader and Qadeer missiles were fired from Iran's Shaheed Naqdi destroyer and the missile-launching frigate Tabarzin respectively on the second day of the massive three-day drill, codenamed Velayat 97.

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