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Ahmadinejad’s Tehran is concerned
by Turkey’s Patriot plan. DAILY NEWS photo

Ahmadinejad’s Tehran is concerned by Turkey’s Patriot plan. DAILY NEWS photo

Planned deployment of U.S.-made Patriot missiles in Turkey is a “provocative” action which could bring about “uncalculated” results, Iran’s foreign minister said on Dec. 16, soon after Iranian President canceled a visit to Turkey.

 “The deployment of Patriot missiles will achieve nothing but to provoke and, God forbid, result in being forced into an uncalculated action,” Ali Akbar Salehi said in remarks reported by the official IRNA news agency. “Their deployment will be more provocative rather than deterrent,” he said and warning that the Patriot missiles would not “help regional security.” At the request of Turkey, NATO has agreed to provide six Patriot missiles to bolster its member’s border defences amid tensions with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Salehi’s comments came a day after Iran’s top general issued a stern warning to Ankara over its planned hosting of the missile batteries, saying it was part of a Western plot to “create a world war.” “The Patriot [missiles] are threatening. Each one of them is a black dot on the map, [setting the stage] to create a world war,” said General Hassan Firouzabadi, Iran’s armed forces chief of staff.

 “This is very dangerous for everyone, and even for the future of Europe,” he said. After Firouzabadi’s remarks, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad canceled a scheduled trip to Turkey.

 “His cancellation is because an unexpected event appeared in his program, we have been told by Iranians,” a Turkish diplomatic source said on Dec. 16.


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ilker avni

12/18/2012 8:26:52 PM

Turkey should remind Iran that a third of its population is made up of Turks, Azeri Turks and Kurds.Iran is a paranoid state they whole foreign policy is based on confrontation hence the warnings and the threats,they have nothing but missiles as defence,they have no airforce to match the west,they navy is small and no match for the west,and yet they think they can take on the west.Cant Wait.

Tekion Particle

12/18/2012 5:38:25 PM

hhmm, lets put things in prospective Iran is threatening Turkey with its allies Syria and a few terrorist organisation on their side, Turkey with patriots and NATO with its almost unlimited resources. There can be only one loser if things get hot, goodbye Islamic Republic of Authoritarians. I hope you have enjoyed power while it lasted.

gray wolf

12/18/2012 1:33:13 PM

what has it got to do with those iranians what turkey does at we have not started building nuclear weapons did we strrongly protest to them over that, NO so mind your own business ahmedijan and your foggy generals. you need to watch out the israelis dont hit you while you worry about turkey this could be a ploy?

Man in the Middle

12/18/2012 5:04:17 AM

What happened to the article?! Just title and a picture of Ahamdinejad. Is that it?!!!
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