Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency is quoting the country's defense minister as saying Iran is ready to ship defensive materials to Lebanon to aid its army.

The Monday report quotes Gen. Ahmad Dehghan as saying in order to thwart extremists who plan to commit inhuman crimes in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, "we will provide an Iranian-made consignment of defensive items to the Lebanese army for their use in fighting the group and other terrorist groups."

The contents of the shipment were unknown. The U.N. in 2007 banned Iran from exporting and importing weapons.

Gen. Dehghan said the shipment now awaited approval from Lebanon, a country he described as having a "special position" in Iran's foreign policy.

His remarks came during a joint briefing with visiting Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel.