Zarif: Iran is a Top Regional Power

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran is the leading power in the region, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, adding that his country has “undeniable” international clout.

“International circumstances have put Iran in such premium position that… it has undeniable influence on recent developments in the region and the world as the region’s top power,” Zarif said in an address to a conference of Iranian military attachés and representatives in foreign countries, held in Tehran on Sunday.This influsence is relying on the “noble ideals and discourse of the Islamic Revolution,” Zarif said.

Iran may become an influential, long-lasting power in the international arena, Zarif said, adding, “we are facing a risky, proactive and sensitive action which based on the interpretation of the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei, is the critical turning point in history which requires caution, awareness, threat identification, reliance on military and economic capabilities, as well as Islamic and revolutionary beliefs, to pass through.”

He also emphasized the need for constant efforts to boost Iran’s military and economic power to cope with the current sensitive situation, which Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has described as a “critical historic turn.”

In comments in late August, Khamenei underlined the need for strengthening the country’s military power, describing it as natural and an inalienable right.

“In a world where bullying and domineering powers, who lack morality, conscience and humanity and have no qualms about invading countries and killing innocent people, are dominant, developing defensive and offensive industries is quite natural because security will not be achieved unless these powers feel the country’s might,” the Leader reiterated.

Iran’s role: internationally and in the region

These statements are not the first, as the Iranian officials have always emploied the “threatening” tone as a way to prove their capability of using force if needed internationally, and to remind the world of its arms and militias in the region.

Iran was also under international sanctions that were removed last year after a nuclear deal with the US. However, this didn’t prevent the Iranian officials from sending their threats.

Earlier in October, Iran launched the three-day war drills, which included the use of US-made planes.

General Masoud Rouzkhosh said: “The goal of holding this drill is the creation of readiness so as to be able to combat any threat, and should a war occur, the Air Force will be the first force to enter the battlefield.