Iran to strengthen deterrence capabilities
A top Iranian military official says Iran should build advanced equipment fit for air and maritime deterrence and increase its intelligence might with regards to its trans-regional enemies, Press TV reported.
Brigadier General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, senior military adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said that the Middle East is going through a difficult stage of geopolitical transition to a new order.
"Big powers are currently trying to establish their desirable geopolitical system in various parts of the world, including southwest Asia...and the Persian Gulf littoral states ...," Fars News Agency quoted him as saying on Friday.
"North Africa, namely, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco are also going through a geopolitical transition phase which is characterized by disorder and lack of...control over the political, economic and media processes," Rahim-Safavi added.
The commander further noted that US regional policies for the establishment of the Greater Middle East and a secular system in Iraq have failed and 10 years after occupation, Afghanistan is still insecure.
"They seek to limit Iran's regional power in Iraq and Afghanistan and the whole region and have concluded that if they could not weaken or defeat the Islamic Revolution, the regional system that they have formed in the past 60 years will be shattered by the increasing waves of the Islamic Awakening," he said.