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NATO missile system no concern for Iran

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the country is not concerned by a planned NATO missile system in Turkey.

“No power in the world would dare to take any action against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Ahmadinejad said in the northwestern city of Zanjan on Tuesday.

Last week, the Iranian president lashed out at NATO for adopting policies based on false information, saying “We regard NATO decision-makers as politically backward and their decisions are of no significance to us because they are incapable of playing a role in future developments.”

This comes as Turkey has agreed to a demand by the United States to let NATO install a ballistic missile system on its territory.

The Iranian chief executive, however, emphasized that “nations today have awakened and demand justice and respect, and missile systems cannot impede their thought process.”

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast had said last week that the deployment of a missile system in the Middle East is aimed at protecting and supporting Israel.

Although the missile system is a NATO project, the so-called “defense shield” system has mainly been planned and sponsored by the United States.

After NATO conceded not to single out Iran as a target in its missile plan, Turkey accepted the alliance’s decision to deploy a missile system on its soil.

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