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News number: 8801231264

18:45 | 2009-04-12

Defence

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Commander: Iran Mulling Military Buildup in High Seas

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi said on Sunday that Iran plans to have an active presence overseas.



General Salehi underlined that Iran's defensive power should not be limited within the country's borders, and added that Iranian army plans to have an active presence in far seas.

He pointed to the long distance between the enemy countries and their military buildup and bases in Iran's neighboring countries, and stressed that while enemy troops have moved a long way and deployed in a region which is far from their own countries, Iranian forces are "surely entitled to move beyond their borders to defend the country".

Underlining future missions of the Iranian army to patrol in open and international seas, Salehi added, "The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy will regularly patrol oceans and will be dispatched to long distances."

He stressed that all the required infrastructures have been developed for training forces and transferring and using related experiences.

"Iranian armed forces are ready to confront any threat and will not allow enemy action or success," the Iranian army commander went on saying.

Earlier on Friday, Salehi told FNA that Iran plans to manufacture the largest destroyer and the most advanced submarines in the region, adding that the army is also due to start mass production of new series of fighter jets in the current year.

"The Iranian nation will observe that we will manufacture the largest destroyer and the most advanced submarines in the region," Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi told FNA.

Also earlier in February, Iranian Navy sources said that all the required infrastructures have been developed for Iran's presence in international waters and that presence of the country's naval forces will be boosted after building of modern equipment like destroyers.

Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari then announced that he has started dispatching his forces to international waters and open seas.