Every country has right to buy or manufacture arms: defense minister

July 31, 2007 - 0:0

TEHRAN, July 30 (MNA) -- Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said here on Monday that every country has right to buy or manufacture weapons in order to reinforce its defensive capability.

The United States is going to sell an arms package that is worth at least 20 billion dollars to Saudi Arabia and the five other Persian Gulf Arab states.
“The Islamic Republic does not have any concerns about defensive reinforcement of the friendly and brother Muslim countries, and their defensive force is a part of the Islamic world’s defensive power.” Najjar told reporters.
In selling arms to regional countries the U.S. always “acts in a way to maintain the superiority of the Zionist regime,” he said.
However, he said the U.S. is trying to create a false arms race and thereby keep its military-industrial complex alive, he added.
The U.S. has claimed that the reason for selling arms to Saudi Arabia and other PGCC states is to counter Iran’s growing military power in the Persian Gulf region.
“The only fundamental way to establish peace and durable security in this strategic waterway is to make the security in Persian Gulf indigenous,” the defense minister opined.