TEHRAN (Dispatches) – The U.S. plan to stop Tehran's crude sales is not practical and Tehran will make use of defensive tools to combat Washington's hostile measures and sanctions, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says.
"Welfare of (the Iranian) nation is a part of our vital interests and I consider myself allowed to use all legitimate tools, including defensive instruments, to meet these interests and confront the U.S. economic terrorism," General Hatami said, addressing the Moscow Security Conference on Wednesday.
He underlined continued efforts to strengthen the country's defense power within the framework of active deterrence doctrine, and said he does not assume as practical the U.S. claims of zeroing down Iran's oil exports.
General Hatami warned of the dire consequences of the West's silence on the United States' bold decisions against other countries, noting that a new form of Nazism has emerged in disguise of Trumpism.
"If this approach continues, the world might be pushed into ill-fate clashes and therefore, it is time to prevent the rise of another Hitler on the global scene," he said, adding that the West's silence on Washington's behaviors and moves would entail grave repercussions for the world similar to the World War II.