Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:54PM
Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri
Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri

Iran's chief Armed Forces spokesman says the Islamic Republic has no option but to boost its defense power to counter threats.

Iran’s Armed Forces are implementing plans to improve the country’s defense power and security in line with outlined strategies and doctrines, Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said on Monday.

He added that the armed forces are in “better” conditions in comparison with the past.

Elsewhere, Jazayeri also said there was no connection whatsoever between the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and defensive affairs.

“There is no link between the JCPOA and the country’s defensive affairs and the issue of defense had had no place in the nuclear negotiations,” the Iranian commander said.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia – plus Germany started implementing the JCPOA in January 2016.

Under the nuclear deal, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

The United States and some of its allies claim that Iran’s missile tests violate the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

Resolution 2231, adopted on July 20, 2015, “calls upon” Iran not to undertake any activity related to missiles “designed to be capable of” delivering nuclear weapons.

Iran says it is involved in no such missile work and has no such weapons.

Iran successfully test-fired its domestically-built Emad ballistic missile on October 11, 2015.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and reached self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

The Islamic Republic has conducted several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its Armed Forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other countries, especially the regional neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to anyone. Iran says its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.