‘Iran must boost defense, deterrence power’

TEHRAN: Supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei Wednesday instructed the Iranian president to boost the country’s defense and deterrence capabilities.

The directives were part of the leader’s letter to President Hassan Rouhani in which Ayatollah Khamenei announced the general policies of the Sixth National Development Plan.

Khamenei, who is supreme leader under the ‘Rule of a Jurist’ system in his letter underlined the need to upgrade Iran’s deterrence power by developing the nation’s missile capability and defense technologies as well as boosting the capacity to produce weaponry and major defense equipment to help counter “different types of threats.”  

Ayatollah Khamenei also stressed the need to develop civil defense programs in critical and sensitive locations in the country.

Among other points highlighted by the Leader was the necessity of boosting soft power and cyber-defense capabilities as well as providing air defense and cyber-security for the country’s infrastructure.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that at least five percent of the country’s budget should be set aside to boost the nation’s defense capability at the regional level to secure national security and interests.

He  further emphasized the need to step up border security by applying “software and hardware” techniques, reinforcing border troops, developing intelligence operations, boosting border diplomacy and getting locals on board with implementing security programs along the nation’s frontiers.

On foreign policy, Ayatollah Khamenei underscored that Iran’s “political achievements” in Southwest Asia should be maintained and increased.

The Iranian leader said “economic diplomacy” should be prioritized in a bid to promote foreign investment, enter world markets and develop technologies to fulfill the objectives associated with the “Economy of Resistance.”

Ayatollah Khamenei also underlined the need for Iran to further develop its media outreach.

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