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Iran says NATO missile shield in Turkey not a "proper decision"

Iran Materials 19 September 2011 00:07
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Sunday deployment of NATO missile defense shield in Turkey was not a "proper decision", ISNA reported.
Iran says NATO missile shield in Turkey not a "proper decision"

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Sunday deployment of NATO missile defense shield in Turkey was not a "proper decision", ISNA reported.

"It was not seriously offered by Turkey that much and has remained at the level of discussion only, in our viewpoint it is not a proper decision if it was going to be made. It needs a revision since there is no justification for it", Salehi said.

The Iranian foreign minister called on Turkey Saturday to explain its plan to deploy a NATO missile shield system in its territory.

Iran does not think such a system is necessary, taking into consideration the current developments in the region, Salehi said, adding that Iran hopes that Turkey will provide necessary explanations on this issue.

According to earlier reports, a NATO warning radar system is going to be deployed in Turkey by the end of this year and it will be used to track missile launched from Iran.

"Regional countries have lived together for decades and for the time being recent popular developments in the region are moving towards more unity," he told reporters on the sidelines of Islamic Awakening International Conference in Tehran.

As to Omani Foreign Minister's mediation in the case of the two detained American nationals'release, Salehi said, "Many heads of states have mediated in the issue and we announced their mediation to the judiciary branch and relevant authorities and we hope the suggestion will be welcomed by Iranian judicial officials."

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