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Iran says Turkey won't participate in possible military action against it

Iran Materials 7 January 2013 00:41
An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman has slammed the Turkish government for allowing NATO to deploy Patriot missiles along the country's border with Syria, but in the meantime said that Turkey has assured them that it will not participate in any military action against Iran, Today's Zaman reported.
Iran says Turkey won't participate in possible military action against it
An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman has slammed the Turkish government for allowing NATO to deploy Patriot missiles along the country's border with Syria, but in the meantime said that Turkey has assured them that it will not participate in any military action against Iran, Today's Zaman reported.

In an interview with al-Manar TV on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Turkey has said it will neither participate in any military action against Iran nor allow its airspace to be used for such a move. He later said the Patriot missiles in Turkey are in the hands of NATO and the West, not Ankara -- refuting Turkish officials' statements to the contrary -- and that they were deployed in Turkey to protect Israel.

"Iran, however, believes that Western countries and NATO have deployed the system in Turkey with the aim of supporting the Zionist regime so that in case of an Israeli military venture against Iran and Iran responding to such a measure, Western countries can safeguard Israel with the help of the missile system," Mehmanparast told al-Manar.

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