RNA - "The defense ministry is endeavoring to put into operation nearly 200,000 modern technologies to produce indigenized and unique products" after reverse engineering and by relying on domestic capabilities, General Hatami said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Tuesday.
He referred to Washington's threat of sanctions against Iran, and said, "We can turn the sanctions and financial threats into opportunities because they will lead to self-reliance and self-sufficiency."
According to Fars News Agancy, General Hatami said given Iran's defensive capabilities, the enemies have been discouraged from resort to military action against the country, and have now focused on economic pressures.
In relevant remarks in May, General Hatami blasted the US for its continued animosities against the Islamic Republic, and said that the American officials should take lesson from their previous unacceptable performances.
"The Iranian people are unified against the US and the enemies should understand that their hands will be cut off," the Iranian Defense Minister said.
"We learned from eight years of war with Iraq that we have no option except to remain independent and supply our military appliances," Brigadier General Hatami added.
The Iranian Defense Minister underlined that Iran's military might is to maintain security of the people in the region.