Passive Defence Organisation outlines three types of threats against Iran

Politics Materials 10 December 2012 14:08 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 10 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

Currently, military, economic and cyber threats are the major types of threats Iran is currently facing, Iran's Passive Defence Organisation's director Gholam-Reza Jalali said, Mehr reported.

Jalali noted that the economic threat against Iran has turned into an economic war that the U.S. has launched against the country.

Speaking of cyber threats, Jalali said it is unfortunate that several ministries of Iran can be merged. According to him, the lack of coordination between these structures creates certain vulnerabilities for them in cyber space.

Jalali expressed the hope that the country's parliament would take this into consideration when deciding whether a merger of the ministries should take place.

On Dec. 2, Iran's administration has decided to establish the Ministry of Infrastructure Affairs through merging the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development and one more ministry which has not yet been decided.

Roads and Urban Development Minister Ali Nikzad said at the time that in many countries, communication and transport are handled by a single ministry.

The issue of merging the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology with the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development has been proposed by the government during the past two years, but parliament was against the suggestion.

Commenting on this issue, Ali Nikzad said it is up to parliament to decide whether there is a need to merge several ministries into one.

"The law says there have to be 17 ministries in the country. If parliament approves this merger, then one man would head the joint ministry. It can be either me, or someone else," Nikzad said.

According to the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015), the Iranian government is obliged to reduce its ministries form 21 to 17 to improve the efficiency of state administration.