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Iran reiterates NATO Patriot deployment in Turkey "provocative"

12-18-2012 20:06 BJT

TEHRAN, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast reiterated Tuesday that NATO's deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey is a "provocative" move.

Mehmanparast said that any "provocative" measures like deploying Patriot missiles in Turkey-Syriaborder was at odds with the interests of the regional countries.

Such measures were the "root causes of instability and insecurity" in the region, said Mehmanparast at weekly press conference.

Iran announced its position over the deployment of the air- defense system to the Turkish officials, and said that stability should be achieved by the cooperation of the regional states, adding that any measures which led to further instability and insecurity in the region should be avoided.

However, NATO and Turkey's officials have emphasized that the Patriot missile would stay in Turkey only as defensive apparatus.

Around 600 foreign troops are expected to accompany six Patriot missile systems to be deployed in Turkey to reinforce the NATO member country's air defense and calm its fears coming under a possible missile attack from neighboring Syria.

 

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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