Iran seeks to establish security in region: Navy Cmdr.
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the Islamic Republic seeks to establish security in the region and not disturb it, Press TV reported.
"We do not seek to disturb the security of the region, we want to establish security in the region...," Sayyari said Sunday.
The Iranian commander added that "we can stand against any threat and protect our interests and the country's maritime borders."
According to Press TV, over the past years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector, attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems and enhanced the preparedness of its forces by holding various drills.
In December 2011, Iran's Navy launched a massive 10-day Velayat 90 naval exercise, covering an area stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.
Different classes of submarines, including Tareq and Qadir, the newest ground-to-sea missile systems and torpedoes were employed in the maneuvers.
In June, the Pentagon admitted in a report that the "lethality and effectiveness" of Iran's missile systems has improved and Tehran would present a "formidable force" while defending its territory.
Tehran, however, has repeatedly clarified that its military might is merely based on the nation's defense doctrine of deterrence and poses no threat to other countries.