Jerusalem, April 2 – Despite being shunned by the international community and saddled with severe United Nations and international sanctions, Iran’s defense minister says the Islamic Republic is now ready to export Iranian weapons to those who want them.
Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Iran has spent years developing its own weapons and this has “given it the ability to help other countries,” the FARS news agency reported.
The commander of Iran’s top military college admitted that knowledge was gleaned from western textbooks, but that Iranian soldiers had now switched from western textbooks to locally produced Iranian military texts.
Vahidi did not specify which countries Iran would sell its weapons to, but the extremist regime is shunned by most of the Arab world, which feels threatened by Iranian militancy and its nuclear development program that is widely believed to be in pursuit of nuclear weapons. Iran’s few allies in the region include Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and the Hezbollah terrorist organization in Lebanon.
Despite claims by officials that their “country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country,” Iranian leaders have repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel.
Iran's former chief nuclear negotiator, Hossein Mousavian, said Iran would only be willing to allow international inspection of its nuclear program after the U.N. suspended economic sanctions. However, the U.N. imposed four rounds of sanctions following years of Iranian refusal to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which concluded last year that some Iranian nuclear activities could only be used for weapons development.