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Thu Jan 5, 2012, 04:30 PM


Turkey Assures Iran U.S. Radar No Threat To Tehran

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ISTANBUL, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Turkey assured its neighbor Iran on Thursday that U.S. radar to be deployed in Turkey as part of a Europe-wide missile defense system is not a threat to Tehran.

During his visit to Tehran, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made the statement at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi.

"This is for defensive purposes only. We guarantee that this is not a threat to Iran. We would never take any step that could negatively affect our relations with our neighbor," he said at the televised press conference.

The Turkish minister said: "We underlined it very clearly that the missile defense system cannot be directed at any of Turkey's neighbors. NATO documents confirm this ... There is no reference to Iran in any NATO document as a source of threats."



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