Ahmadinejad: Whoever Controls the Mideast Controls the World

Iran's president implies Iran is the top power in the Middle East, highlights Iran's technological progress.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a Tehran conference Saturday that whoever controls the Middle East controls the world, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported.

In a speech during a conference marking 30 years to the Islamic Revolution, Ahamdinejad reportedly implied that Iran is the top power in the Middle East. "Now the question is who has the last say in the Middle East? Well, of course, the answer is clear to every one," Ahamdinejad said.

The Iranian president further emphasized that the Middle East is the most important region in the world. "Now, there are a number of developed countries which even own anti-satellite missiles, yet they are not effective and influential in the world because they do not have a role in the Middle-East," Fars News Agency quoted Ahamdinejad as saying.

Ahamdinejad lauded Iran's scientific and technological developments, such as the production of satellites and different types of missiles. He went on to say that Iran has been continuously progressing in these fields since the Islamic Revolution 30 years ago, according to Fars News Agency.

The statements made by the Iranian president come after he announced earlier this month that Iran is to come out with several new home-made satellites in February, which would be able to orbit the Earth at higher altitudes.