|NATO radar system in Turkey no threat to Iran: Turkish ambassador||
TEHRAN – The Turkish Ambassador to Tehran, Umit Yardim, has said that the establishment of a NATO missile defense shield in Turkey poses no threat to any country particularly Iran.
Turkey has decided to host an early-warning radar as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization defense system.
Speaking to ISNA news agency, Yardim said this is a defense system and Ankara has never accepted the notion that Iran poses a threat and that allegations made in this regard are not acceptable.
“Iran and Turkey have had good relations and there is no reason that Iran should be concerned about the deployment of such a system in Turkey’s soil,” he stated.
On remarks by some experts who argue the system is aimed at improving relations between Turkey and the U.S., he said Turkey is a NATO member and this system is part of the NATO defense system program.
In a statement issued on September 2, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said the radar will help protect against ballistic-missile threats and is part of a strategic initiative agreed upon at a NATO summit in Lisbon last year.
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