Iran says no need for European arms
Published: 12:34 AM, 21 September 2020 Updated: 12:55 AM, 21 September 2020
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country does not need to purchase weapons from Europe if they restrict arms sales to Tehran, stressing that the country will meet its strategic needs by purchasing weapons from Russia and China.
According to Press TV, Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks in a televised interview on Saturday night in reaction to a possible initiative by France, Germany, and the UK of taking preventive measure to prevent arms sales to Iran as the UN arms embargo scheduled to expire on October.
“We haven’t been a customer of European weapons, and they haven’t sold us weapons after the 1979 revolution. … They even ran a campaign during the 1980s Iraqi-imposed war on Iran to prevent the delivery of arms to the Islamic Republic,” Zarif said.
“We won’t force them to sell us weapons now, as we don’t need their weapons,” he noted.
“However, Iran can meet its strategic needs through the countries it interacts with, like Russia and China; though it is self-sufficient in many cases, and is an exporter [of arms] itself,” Zarif said.
“Iran has become self-sufficient in many cases, but in cases of need, other countries will have the right to trade with Iran once the UN embargo is lifted,” the Iranian top diplomat added.