Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said today, Saturday, that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are not in a position to talk about Iran’s missile capabilities.
He explained that “Saudi Arabia and the UAE stockpile all kinds of weapons,” noting that these two countries “are not in a position to say that Iran is increasing its military capabilities, because our missiles are defensive and deterrent.”
Araghchi added that “there is no place for nuclear weapons in the Iranian defense doctrine,” and that the opportunity “is still available for Tehran and Washington to return to the nuclear agreement, and we hope the Biden administration will take the right decisions.”
Araghchi affirmed his country’s readiness to “move forward without the nuclear deal if the other party wanted to do so.”
He pointed out that “the presence of foreign military forces in the Gulf does not help in resolving political and security issues,” stressing that “ensuring the stability of the Gulf is a matter that is left only to the countries of the region.”