Khamenei says missiles, not talks, key to Iran regime’s future
The Iranian regime's supreme leader on Wednesday said missiles were key to his regime's future, offering support to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) that have drawn criticism from the West for testing ballistic missiles.
"Those who say the future is in negotiations, not in missiles, are either ignorant or traitors," the regime's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all matters of state, was quoted as saying by his website.
"If the Islamic Republic seeks negotiations but has no defensive power, it would have to back down against threats from any weak country."
The Iranian regime's Revolutionary Guards conducted ballistic missile tests earlier this month.
The United States and several European powers said the tests defied a United Nations Security Council resolution that calls on Tehran not to test nuclear-capable missiles, in a joint letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday.