Iran’s defense budget, rise or fall?

Iran’s defense budget, rise or fall?
ID : N-3887 Date : 2019/01/02 - 13:02

(Persia Digest) – Iran’s minister of defense said: “Next year’s defense budget will increase by 21 percent comparing to the current Iranian calendar year. This is while the next year’s budget bill shows the country’s defense budget will be dropped in the coming year.

 According to Persia Digest (PD), Brigadier General Amir Hatami commented on Iran’s next year defense budget and the rumors around it.

“The defense budget has been estimated in two levels. One is a 407,000 billion tomans budget which is part of the general budget of the country and the other is a part which will be provided if government’s income sources are mostly supplied. When both of these two levels are provided then next year’s defense budget will be 21 percent higher than this year’s. But what still remains ambiguous is the two-level form of the defense budget and we hope that it will be implemented completely so that the defense industry can benefit from it.”

However, he added: “If those sources were not supplied then it would cause some problems.”

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According to PD, based on the next year’s budget bill submitted to Parliament (Majlis) by President Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s defense budget for the next year has been 27.3 percent lower than this year’s. According to the defense minister we can only witness a 21 percent growth in defense budget if all estimations about the government’s income sources, including the oil price, will be materialized. Otherwise, the defense budget will be paid based on what was mentioned in the budget bill and that would mean a 27.3 percent reduction of defense budget.

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