Iran says NATO MDS target is 'clear' (UPDATE)
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Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 2 /Trend/
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast urged that the target of NATO's missile defense system is not Iran, Mehr News Agency reported.
Mehmanparast said public opinion can judge properly that NATO and U.S.'s MDS have targeted which countries in his weekly press briefing. He was responding a question whether NATO targeted Iran or Russia.
Mehmanparast said Iranian ballistic missiles do not threaten any country.
Last week, Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, does assess that the U.S. European missile defense system (MDS) project could be used as an excuse for an attack on Iran, RIA Novosti reported.
"The MDS is not a pure defensive system. Authoritative experts in Russia and in other countries worry that the creation of the European MDS, officially assigned to block threats from Iran, may in fact be a pretext for preparing an attack on Iran", Rogozin said in Ankara, where he held talks with the Turkish leadership on the MDS issue.
Today the United States is carrying out its plans regarding the MDS, despite negotiations with Russia and its European partners, he said.
U.S. experts are in talks with the Turkish government on deploying an early warning radar system in the southeast of the country.
An interceptor missile base is to be opened in Poland in 2018 and equipped by 2020 with new missiles, which will be capable of threatening Russia's strategic nuclear potential.
Rogozin said no other NATO country had interceptor missile technologies, so NATO countries have no choice but to buy missile defense elements from the United States.