Iran has 7,000 km of drones, Iran’s state media reported on Sunday as the commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards, a development that could be seen by Washington as a threat to regional stability.
Tehran’s claim comes as Iran and six major powers are in talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal that former US President Donald Trump pulled out of three years ago and imposed sanctions.
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Western military analysts say Iran sometimes exceeds its capabilities, but aircraft are a key element in monitoring Tehran’s borders, especially the Gulf waters around the Strait of Hormuz, through which one-fifth of world supplies flow. with oil.
Iran and the regional powers it supports have increasingly relied on aircraft in Yemen, Syria and Iraq in recent years.
“We have 7,000 kilometers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). They can fly, return home and land wherever they are scheduled,” said state security chief Hussein Salami, according to the state news agency. IRNA.
US President Joe Biden is seeking to revitalize and eventually expand the nuclear pact to put greater limits on Iran’s nuclear and missile programs, as well as to curtail its activities.
Tehran has ruled out ballistic missile talks and its role in the Middle East, where Iran and Shiite-led Sunni Saudi Arabia have been involved in mediation wars.