Iran tested a new missile on Friday, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Hossein Salami said on Saturday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.
“Our country is always the arena for testing a variety of defense and strategic systems and these are non-stop movements towards the growth of our deterrent power,” Salami said. “And yesterday was one of the successful days for this nation.”
He also expressed his opposition to any negotiations with the West, stressing that they are “not a solution to Iran’s problems,” the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
“It is a sign of weakness to go from the logic of resistance to negotiating,” said Salami.
“When our enemy sees us in a position of weakness, they will increase pressure, therefore, negotiating and compromise are in no way the solution to our problems, and they will not solve any of our issues,” he added.
Iran should pursue a policy that eliminates the effects of sanctions, rather than rely on the US and Europe to lift sanctions, he said.
Iran’s enemies have “power” but lack “wisdom,” said Salami.
“We are witnessing the gradual but evident decline of Western civilization, while at the same time witnessing the dawn and shine of the Sun of Islam,” Fars quoted him as saying.