Iran’s defense minister slams neighboring countries as ‘threat’ to security

Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan delivers a speech as he attends the 5th Moscow Conference on International Security in Moscow, Russia, April 27, 2016. (File photo: Reuters)

Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said that neighboring countries and the United States are threatening his country’s security.

The defense minister said his country is determined to use the Popular Mobilization Forces to respond to anyone who tries to stand with the Arab-Islamic coalition against Iran.

Iran’s foreign policy has not changed despite international pressure and the re-election of President Hassan Ruhani who is considered “moderate”.

The hostile statements of Dehghan came during a speech he gave in the city of Dezful and was quoted by several Iranian news sites.

Dehghan challenged the United States by his country’s commitment to the missile program, claiming that Iran has developed ballistic missiles with a range of 3,000 km.

However, the most prominent statement was his warning that Iran could use the Iraqi popular mobilization forces to confront any regional party that stands in the ranks of Saudi Arabia’s Arab-led coalition against them.

The statement confirms the ceaseless accusations against these militias that they have become a tool in the hands of the Iranian regime and are working to implement its plans away from the control of the central government in Baghdad.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54