An Iranian government Web site is quoting a top Revolutionary Guards commander as saying Iran supplies weapons to "liberation armies" in the Middle East.

The report by Borna news provides the first official statement from a top military commander that Iran is providing weapons to armed groups in the Middle East.

Sunday's report quotes Gen. Hossein Hamedani, the deputy commander of a volunteer militia that is part of the elite Revolutionary Guards. Hamedani says Iran is self-sufficient in weapons production and is supplying arms to "liberation armies" in the region.

Hamedani did not provide further details, but Iran is widely believed to provide weapons to Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group.