Iran concerned over NATO's radar in Turkey (UPDATE)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 6 /Trend/
Iran will react sharply to the installation of a NATO 's anti-missile radar in Turkey, IRNA reported, quoting the Member of the Iran's Parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Karami Rad as saying.
"We will never accept this approach and Iran's foreign ministry is closely monitoring the possible installment of a NATO radar system in Turkey," he said.
Rad noted that the decision to station a NATO early-warning radar system in Turkey was surprising. "If Turkey wants to move toward NATO and the interests of the West, the Islamic Republic will react in response to this move," he added.
An early warning radar about the threat of missile attack will be placed in Turkey as part of the MDS created by the U.S. and NATO, Turkish Foreign Ministry's official Selcuk Unal told journalists on Sept. 2.
He said the decision to deploy the MDS in Turkey was taken at a NATO summit in Lisbon in 2010, and Turkey initially supported the work connected with the implementation of this initiative.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that Tehran expressed its concern to Ankara over the decision to deploy the radar, and stressed that Israel and other foreign forces in the region will gain significantly from such a move.