How concerned is Iran about sanctions?
How frightened is Iran by some international sanctions upheld by some countries; by visits from some UN personnel shaking their fingers saying "Naughty, naughty;" by President Barack Obama saying let's talk about being friends and getting rid of your peaceful nuclear weapons?
According to the Iranian Fars News Agency Iran is planning to export their weapons. For peaceful purposes of course:
"This year, the Defense Ministry's first priority will be acquiring new products and technologies and its aerospace program will be expanded," Vahidi said.
Vahidi further touched his ministry's achievements in the last Iranian year, and said, "Last year, the Ministry of Defense succeeded in acquiring a variety of new weapons and equipment to equip the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Armed Forces."
He stated that Iran's home-grown capabilities have not only made the country self-sufficient in various fields, but also given it the ability to help other countries.
Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.
Meanwhile, Israeli, American and other intelligence agencies have reportedly discovered "an underground Iranian terrorist group sending members to Turkey to attack Jews, Israelis and Western targets."
The organization, known as 'Unit 400,' is said to be part of the Al Quds Brigade which falls under the direct command of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader.
"Unit 400 of the Qods Force has been developing in the last few months a standing operating procedure for carrying out an attack in Turkey against western targets as well as Israeli and Jewish. It is our firm assessment that these procedures are in a very advanced stage, and that the intention is to act on the plans very soon," an intelligence source told Sky News.
There is also evidence that Unit 400 has been given instructions to carry out more frequent and more daring 'terror' attacks around the world as a demonstration of 'Iran's asymmetric power' - in the face of the growing threat of Israeli or American air strikes on its alleged nuclear weapons programme, the sources said.
As President Obama--or someone--asked, "Gee, can't we all just be friends?"
Uh, no. Friends don't let friends assassinate other friends. Because terrorists are not friends; they are enemies.
These distinctions, these differences are important to remember.