Monday, October 10, 2011

Iran warns Turkey on NATO missile plan

Deputy Head of Iran's Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri

Source: Press TV

A senior Iranian commander has warned Turkey against adverse consequences of its agreement to host the base for the US-led NATO missile shield system, urging the neighboring state to reconsider its strategic interests.

Turkey should rethink its long-term strategic interests and draw lessons from “bitter historical experiences” of other countries, said Deputy Head of Iran's Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri on Sunday.

Ankara should rely more on the strength of its Muslim nation as well as the potency of Muslims elsewhere and assume a role geared towards improving security in the region, he added, IRNA reported.

The Iranian commander emphasized that Turkey should be held accountable for its all-out support for the Israeli regime following Ankara's agreement with the installation of the US-backed missile shield on its soil.

He also pointed to “serious concerns” among US officials about emerging threats to the very existence of the occupying Israeli regime and insisted that Washington seeks to utilize all possible means and opportunities, including its so-called missile shield deployment in Turkey, to salvage Israel.

Jazayeri furthermore noted that geopolitics in the Middle East have undergone changes, reiterating that the Israeli regime is approaching its eventual termination.

The US Defense Department has announced that the American-engineered 'early warning' radar system for the NATO military alliance will become operational in Turkey by the end of 2011.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal declared on September 2 the country's intention to host the apparatus.

Turkey claims that NATO's missile system aims to strengthen the alliance's “defense capacity and strengthen [Turkey's] national defense system,” and would not target any specific country.

However, in efforts to ease major Russian concerns regarding the missile system, Washington has clearly implied on numerous occasions that Iran is the primary target of its so-called missile shield deployment in Europe.

Following Ankara's announcement, Russia also blasted the plan as an effort by NATO to advance eastward.

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