Khamenei says Iran will boost defense capabilities despite U.S. pressure

DUBAI - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday that Iran was determined to boost its defense capabilities despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies to curb its ballistic missile program.
"We will continue to boost Iran's defense power despite America and our enemies' pressure ... We need to take Iran to a point that enemy understand that they cannot threaten Iran ... America's sanctions will make Iran self-sufficient," Khamenei said in a speech, broadcast live on state TV.