TEHRAN, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian lawmaker has said that the West will not achieve its objectives in Iran through a military option, local media reported on Saturday.
"The enemies of the Islamic republic have no plan to launch a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities as they are aware of the country's military preparedness," first Vice Speaker of Iran's Majlis (parliament) Mohammad-Reza Bahonar was quoted as saying by Press TV.
"A military attack on Iran is not on the enemies' agenda and they know that they will not achieve their objectives in Iran through a military option," Bahonar said.
He added that Iran has made great efforts and is in " appropriate conditions" in terms of military weapons, said the report.
"We will fully defend the country's territory in case of any military attack," he added.
The Iranian lawmaker said that the country's enemies are making utmost use of their capabilities to bring Iran to its knees and isolate the country but Tehran would safely cross this difficult and historically sensitive pathway.
Also, Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Saturday that the Islamic republic's defense industry is on the verge of achieving self-sufficiency, turning the country into one of the world's military powers, Press TV reported.
"Today, we are self-sufficient in almost all areas of defense productions," said Vahidi.
"By fully strengthening the armed forces in all the areas of air defense, passive defense, as well as maritime, missile and ground (forces), etc. Iran has become one of the most powerful defense and combat powers in the world," the defense minister was quoted as saying.
Currently, Iran is under a number of Western sanction on its controversial nuclear program. The United States and Israel have not ruled out the possibility of striking the nuclear sites of the Islamic republic.
The West suspects that the nuclear activities of Iran may have military dimensions but Tehran insists that its nuclear program is aimed at "civilian" purposes.
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Canada suspends diplomatic ties with Iran
OTTAWA, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Canada has suspended its diplomatic relations with Iran and instructed Iranian diplomats here to leave within five days, Foreign Minister John Baird said Friday.
"Canada has closed its embassy in Iran, effective immediately, and declared personae non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada," Baird said in a statement.
Canada views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today, he said, slamming Tehran on such issues as the Syria crisis and Iran's nuclear program. Full story