The IRI set up an aviation industry, but it was based on imports by the Shah. And the trace of Shah's imports is not limited only to the aviation industry. We have reverse engineered and modified Hawk missiles as Shahin and Shalamcheh. The Bushehr nuclear reactor continues to operate equipment from the Shah era made by Siemens. The Tehran nuclear research reactor was purchased in 1960s by the Shah which has enabled Iran to produce radiopharmaceuticals The technology of isotope separation was transferred to Iran in 1970s. These are only the examples that I could think off the top of my head but I'm sure there's many more. You know very well that many of our today's achievements were completely impossible without relying on existing systems in Iran.
Yes, the shah regime used to pay foreigners quite the fortune for imports, maintenance and spare parts deliveries.
The Islamic Republic however does not believe in such dependence on outside powers, nor in allowing Iran to be turned into a vassal state of imperial bloodsuckers, including those whose predecessors exterminated half of Iran's population in a genocide.
The two political models aren't comparable. Obviously the Islamic Republic had to start somewhere, to use what was readily available for some of its initial reverse engineering efforts. But much of Iran's strategic weaponry, including ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, submarines and so on weren't built on samples inherited from the former regime. And it's not the former regime that taught the IR how to set up independent production lines.
We have decided to agree to disagree over Iran's needs for nuclear weapons, but I already mentioned that I wasn't talking about nuclear arms. Even as a civilian program, Iran's nuclear program is facing severe political restrictions. Our need for self-sufficiency in nuclear fuel is 190K SWU/year, and if we add new reactors under construction in Bushehr, it will easily go above 550K SWU/year, but our current enrichment capacity doesn't reach even 10% of what we need for self-sufficiency. Natanz and Fordow have been constructed to host well over 1 million SWU/year, and yet Iran tries to make political statements by installing a few cascades of a small number of IR-6 centrifuges. That's pathetic.
As you know Iran's planned civilian nuclear projects are way more extensive, as per AEOI statements. It needs time to take shape given the intricate political conditions.
Meanwhile JCPOA's II and III, which the reformists and moderates were seeking to push through have been averted, while the future of JCPOA I looks bleak, at least in its current farcical shape where there's no guarantee that the US regime will abide by its commitments beyond the present administration.
This result would have been harder to achieve if the liberals hadn't been allowed to strike their little deal only to be slapped in the face right afterwards by Trump. I see lots of clear-sightedness, cool headed calculus, subtle maneuvering and astute long term planning from the revolutionary core of the nezam
As for the Caspian Sea, prior to our agreement, we could explore and exploit resources in the Caspian Sea without legal consequences. When it is undefined, it is basically left to whoever that has more power; at least when it comes to countries that are not permanent members of the UN Security Council like Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, even to some extent Kazakhstan. But now that Iran's share has been agreed upon, we can no longer do that. It was clearly in Iran's best interest to keep the status quo.
Maybe that's why Iran hasn't ratified the Convention. This said, how realistic is it to expect the rest of the littoral states to agree to this sort of a legal grey zone ad vitam aeternam, and for Iran to still have her way against their collective opposition.
Again, for the record, I am not against cooperation with Russia. However, one should not be unrealistically optimistic about the extent of our cooperation.
I'm not. However I am indeed enthusiastic about the fact that bilateral cooperation is set to increase from now on. Even if the steps taken will be small, slow and gradual.
We can look at the opposite side's perspective: the common enemy is extremely sensitive to the slightest progress in Iran-Russia and Iran-China ties, to the most embryonic formation of an alternative power bloc to its hegemony. But they're not unwarrantedly paranoid, there are good reasons for their anxiety.
On a different note, the Khayyam satellite would've been well within our scientific reach both in terms of spatial resolution and payload delivery by our own SLVs had the Rouhani administration not shut down our space program for nearly 8 years.
True. This said Iran's space program has picked up pace now. Here's hoping liberals will be kept away from the levers of power for many years and better yet for all time to come.
not more advance than what Iran produced later , Russia gave hat because there was no line for s-300 production so they had to use some s-400 part. but that's not the problem , problem is they only gave it after they saw Iran can produce equal system and under threat of having had to pay for breach in deal. and when USA abandoned them and said as far as we are concerned the system is defensive.
I'll take that any day over an imperial oppressor which will strip Iran of her sovereignty in exchange for overpriced shiny toys it won't even allow Iocal maintenance of.
many time i hear that , but strangely Iran actually used them without US technician . wonder which one i accept.
40.000 US military personnel must have been sleeping all day in Iran. Now we know they were receiving astronomic, disproportionate wages, generally sourced from US taxpayers' money, but not all of them were inactive all the time.
Everything was dependent on the US. Starting with spare parts. After a while, Iran would not have been able to fly any of her more advanced jets absent American supplies and assistance. The aftermath of the Islamic Revolution and the gigantic efforts which had to be put into keeping the IRIAF airworthy, including building an autonomous support infrastructure from scratch, are evidence to that.
but they were used from day one of war.
again how Iran could use them from the day one of war if it was the case of them
They wouldn't have been flying for long if it wasn't for the parallel build up of a domestic independent maintenance capability.
There was no spare parts production facility for F-4's, F-14's etc. "Uncle Sam" can't be whitewashed with fictive resources.
well Quran teaching say something else
Anything related to the topic is subject to ejtehad
. I'm not a religious scholar, hence my use of conditional tense.
so you support khatami and Rouhani move on the matter and what Zarif was trying to achieve
Really, Khatami and Rohani and Zarif were bent on delegitimizing their own selves? Whew, tell the zionists and Americans to go look for a more competent fifth column then.
your idea about Bahrain ?
There are differences between the two dossiers. Also Iran did not ratify the Convention on the Caspian.