Iran to continue developing defense capabilities – FM Zarif

(With POL-US-IRAN) TEHRAN, March 30 (KUNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that his country will develop its defense capabilities to safeguard national sovereignty.
The Iranian news agency (IRNA) reported that Zarif wrote in his Twitter account, “We have always said we will continue developing our defense capacity and the defense equipment has nothing to do with chemical weapons.” He said, “Compared to other regional states, we spend only a mere portion on the defense equipment.
“The missiles are only for defensive purposes and we have neither invaded any country, nor will we do so in the future.” The foreign minister said, “If we had missiles during Saddam’s war on us, they may have discouraged or at least reduced his indiscriminate attacks on our civilians.” He noted that Iran hasn’t attacked any country in 250 years.
“But when Saddam rained missiles on us and gassed our people for eight years, no one helped us”. (end) mw.ibi