Russia: Iranian Defence minister discusses sanctions, Trump and Hormuz *PARTNER CONTENT*April 25, 2019 at 08:03 (GMT) · Published
Iranian Minister of Defence Amir Hatami gave a wide ranging interview with RT’s Worlds Apart on Tuesday, during which he discussed sanctions against his country, US President Donald Trump’s “bad background” in deals and the significance of the Strait of Hormuz.
“Russia and Iran are subject to sanctions because of their independent policies, support for security and stability in the region, the fight against terrorism and confrontation with America,” he said, adding that Iran has been subject to sanctions for 40 years and can deal with them.
Talking about the Iran deal, Hatami said it “showed that for America it is just an excuse and, in fact, it has completely different intentions. The whole world and our people now understand the duplicity of America.”
“Trump has a bad background regarding contracts, alliances, etc., this bad background is well-known all over the world today, I don’t think anyone trusts him, we don’t,” he added.
Hatami also talked about the Strait of Hormuz, which “has great importance for us, we export and import through it, The strait has great importance for all countries of the region.”
“Today we take all the necessary efforts to ensure the safety of the strait, but we also now have all the necessary power to protect our interests in the strait and to take decisive action in this direction,” he added.
At the end of the interview, Hatami also said that Russia conducted successful operations to strengthen Syria’s air defence, which “reduced Israel’s initiative.”