Iran defence industry unharmed by sanctions: minister

Tehran | Updated: Dec 30 2006, 05:56am hrs
Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar on Friday dismissed U.N. sanctions imposed on Iran as psychological warfare and suggested they would not affect Irans missile production capability.

The U.N. Security Council banned Iran from importing or exporting sensitive nuclear materials and technology as well as ballistic missile delivery systems in a move aimed at stopping it from nuclear enrichment activities that can be used in nuclear weapons.

We see these sanctions as a psychological warfare that will have no effect on the output of Irans defense industries, Najjar said in an interview with state television.

We produce several items of defense industries in various fields. They are all indigenous and need no (assistance from) abroad, he added.

Najjar did not specifically refer to missile production, but said anything that the Iranian armed forces needed can be made in the Islamic Republic.

Iran, which denies Western charges that it wants to build nuclear weapons, has pledged to continue its nuclear work despite the sanctions.