Iran should increase military power to prevent war and consider US sanctions on its country a crime, senior Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told an air force commander meeting on Saturday.

According to a report published by the IRNA news agency, "We should be strong to prevent any war against the country and weakness will push our enemies to attack Iran."

The Islamic Republic has recently vowed to increase its military strength despite growing pressure from Western nations to reduce Iran's military capabilities, including its ballistic missile program. Too