Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces. February 7, 2022

Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces speaking on Monday.

Iran Will Become A Top Arms Exporter Once Sanctions Lifted, Commander Says

Monday, 02/07/2022

The top military commander of the Islamic Republic says Iran will become one of the world's biggest arms exporters once sanctions are lifted.

Chief of General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri made the remarks during a ceremony at the mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, on Monday.

Bagheri boasted about the power of Islamic Republic’s precision-guided missiles and drones with multiple applications.

“We don’t need anybody. We determine our strategy, policy and doctrine”, he said, adding that except for “three main superpowers in the world” no country can do this, “not even the Europeans”.

During recent days, while the government has been celebrating the revolution's anniversary, many officials have made such remarks about Iran’s military power.

IRGC Commander Hossein Salami said on Friday that “no world power is capable of confronting the Iranian nation” and the editor of a hardliner daily operating under the aegis of the supreme leader says Iran's precision missiles can target any spot in Europe.

Members of the US House of Representatives asked President Joe Biden last week to focus on Iran’s ballistic-missile capabilities, expressing concerns about attempts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile which could “potentially put US allies in Europe as well as the US homeland in range.”

Lawmakers demanded written answers in 30 days to questions about the capability of CENTCOM defense systems against the missile threat and the administration’s measures to enforce sanctions on sectors of Iran’s economy that support the ballistic missile program.

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