Defense Program Not Influenced by Commotions

Defense Program Not Influenced by CommotionsDefense Program Not Influenced by Commotions

Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said Iran will never hesitate to boost its missile power in the face of foreign threats.

Addressing a gathering of police commanders in Tehran on Sunday, Dehqan rejected recent US allegations against Iran and said they have their roots in the false claims of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, Tasnim News Agency reported.

"We have frequently responded to the Americans and therefore, they should be certain that the Iranian nation will never accept any humiliation or imposition by any power," he said.

"The country will never retreat from its plans to boost its defense and missile power."

The defense made the remarks in reference to recent MKO allegations that Iran is violating the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, by "secretly conducting research into nuclear weapons components" at the Parchin military site near Tehran.

Earlier on April 15, US Senator John McCain met MKO members in Albania, talking about his opposition to the Islamic Republic and pledging continued support for the group.

The MKO, known as a terrorist organization by much of the international community, fled Iran for Iraq and was hosted by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

They fought on the side of Saddam during the Iraq-imposed war on Iran (1980-88). They were also involved in the bloody repression of Shia Muslims in southern Iraq in 1991 and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.

The notorious group is also responsible for killing thousands of Iranian civilians and officials after the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

More than 17,000 Iranians, many of them civilians, have been killed at the hands of MKO in numerous terror attacks, including bombings of public places and targeted killings.

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