Hassan Rouhani met a number of high-ranking military officials and those of the Defense Ministry on Saturday.
"Defending national objectives is not the province of just one organization or one part of society. It is not just the armed forces which defend a country. Those working in diplomatic and foreign relation sections are also considered soldiers defending national interests,” the president asserted.
He added "Our armed forces must act in a way to make the enemy change his mind. That is called deterrence. Armed forces must be deterrent and act in a way to prevent threats from becoming real.”
He further pointed out "Software is more important than hardware, but that doesn’t mean to lay down the hardware. The combination of the two is called smart power.”
"More important than equipment is human resources. What brings victory in war is human resources. High morale of the human resources in using equipment is important,” the president asserted.
Let the enemy know that we will not bargain on our independence, esteem, interests or values. That policy is a deterrent.”