Iran's President warns against deployment of NATO's radar in Turkey (UPDATE)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 9 /Trend/
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Turkey is a friendly and fraternal country for Iran and level of the bilateral relations is cordial, but a decision to deploy a NATO's early-warning radar should be carefully considered, IRNA reported.
"Iran has no any other enemy in the world except Israel and we seek to establish friendly ties with all countries in the region since the early Islamic Revolution," Ahmadinejad said. "Although some of these countries follow the hostile states' policies, our official position is based on establishing fraternal relations with all regional countries."
The regional countries have no serious differences among them, as they have a single God, prophet and book, he added.
Ahmadinejad slammed further Western countries saying they are trying to sow discord among these countries by interfering in their affairs.
He said everybody knows that the U.S. is not strong enough to beat Iran.
US Defense Department has said an 'early warning' radar system belonging to the Washington-led military alliance of NATO will become operational in Turkey by the end of 2011.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal announced the country's intention to host the apparatus on Sept. 2. Following Ankara's announcement, Russia criticized the plan and denounced NATO's efforts to advance eastward.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Turkey's collaboration would mark another step in the direction of the deployment "of the European segment of a global US missile defense system."
In September 2010, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen proposed to develop a 200-million-euro (253-million-dollar) US-backed missile system around Europe against possible attacks by "rogue states."
The NATO chief then named Iran's nuclear program as one of the reasons that justify the necessity of a missile system.