TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A ranking commander of the Iranian Army highlighted the country’s military capabilities and self-sufficiency in the defense industry, saying Iran’s armed forces are prepared to counter any threat.

The Iranian Army’s combat and defense preparedness stands at such a level that the counrty can counter all threats, Deputy Chief of Iran's Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday.

Iran’s military industry relies on itself and the capabilities of local forces, the commander said.

He also reiterated that the Army’s message to regional countries is one of peace and friendship, and that the Army keeps protecting the country’s borders without expansionist policies.

The former Navy commander’s comments came after different units of the Iranian Army put their latest achievements on display in countrywide parades marking the National Army Day.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.

In comments in February 2018, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called for efforts to maintain and boost Iran’s defense capabilities, hitting back at the enemies for disputing the country’s missile program.

“Without a moment of hesitation, the country must move to acquire whatever is necessary for defense, even if the whole world is opposed to it,” the Leader said.