Iran says will sell more arms than buy after embargo lifted
Tehran said the ban imposed more than a decade ago was lifted "automatically" as of Sunday, based on the terms of a 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, from which the Islamic republic's arch-enemy the United States has withdrawn.
"Of course, Iran is not like the United States, whose president seeks to sell deadly weapons to slaughter the Yemeni people," he added, referring to US weapons purchased by Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition in Yemen -- fighting Huthi rebels backed by Tehran.
President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the nuclear deal and unilaterally begun reimposing economic sanctions on Iran in 2018.
Iran's defence minister Amir Hatami told state television on Sunday that his country relies primarily on its own military capabilities.
He said that the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s taught Tehran the "importance of self-reliance", and led it to "produce 90 percent of our defence needs locally."
But he emphasised that "our sales will be much more expansive (than purchases)".