Iran rejects nuclear cooperation with Syria
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 11
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected German weekly, Der Spiegel's report that the Islamic Republic is helping Syria to build nuclear weapon.
Zarif called the report a "ridiculous claim" for scaring the global community and preparing ground for imposing more pressure in Syrian government, the country's Fars news agency reported Jan. 11.
The Iranian FM added that the allegation is one of the attempts made by those circles whose life has been based on violence and fear to cloud the international community with illusion and create imaginary concerns about the Islamic Republic.
Iran is against the nuclear weapons and believes that all nuclear weapons should be dismantled, Zarif underlined.
The German Der Spiegel reported on Jan. 9 that new intelligence suggests that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is trying to build nuclear weapon, getting help from North Korea and Iran.
Iran is a close ally of the Syrian government and has always shown its support for the regime of Bashar al Assad.
The Islamic Republic earlier confirmed building missile manufacturing plants in Syria.
Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said in last November that the Syrian missile manufacturing plants have been transferred from Iran.
Hajizadeh said that "Resistance Frontline" (Hezbollah) also has learned missile manufacturing from Iran. He added that both Hezbollah and Palestinian militants benefit high capabilities in missile technology.
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