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Iran MP on Turkey's decision to join NATO missile defense shield

IRI Concerned about Security of Turkey, Other Regional Muslim Nations

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, Sept 14 (ICANA) – A top member of Iran's parliament says Tehran's concern over deployment of NATO missile defense shield in Turkey is not its threat against Iran's security.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:11:20 PM
IRI Concerned about Security of Turkey, Other Regional Muslim Nations

"Iran is a powerful and independent state in the Middle East and our main concern is for Turkey to lose its independence and thus disturb security in other Muslim countries in the region," Ali Akbar Aghaei Moghanjoei told ICANA on Wednesday.

The lawmaker who chairs Iran-Turkey Parliamentary Friendship Group, said the stationing of a NATO missile defense system in Turkey was a "NATO intrigue."

He said NATO was only seeking to protect US security and status in the region, adding that Islamic states including Turkey must devise their strategy in such a way not to endanger the interests of their peoples.

On a statement by Turkish foreign minister that the missile shield would strengthen NATO's deterrence and addressing the security challenges of the 21st century, the MP wondered what kind of security could NATO possibly bring to Turkey "except for paving the way for the Turkish government's hostility with Turkish and other Muslims in the region."

Recalling the Israeli attack on the Gaza bound flotilla, the MP said Ankara certainly remembers the massacre of the Turks by Israel with the aid of the US. He added that the US was the NATO leader and only aimed to use the Turkish air space to attack other Islamic states in the region.

He urged the Turkish leaders to revise their decision and not let the Turkish security become an excuse for the arrogant powers to dominate the region.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday that an early warning radar will be stationed in the southeast of the country as part of NATO's missile defense system. Turkey insists the shield doesn't target a specific country.

Turkey agreed to host the radar in September in the framework of the NATO missile defense architecture, saying it would strengthen both its own and NATO's defense capacities.

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