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Iran opposes NATO's missile deployment in Turkey


13:24, November 27, 2012

TEHRAN, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Iranian authorities have strongly opposed Turkey's move to deploy NATO's Patriot missiles in its bordering region with Syria.

The pressure exerted on the Syrian government, a main ally of Iran in the region, is the central concerns of the Iranian officials.

Turkey on Wednesday formally asked NATO to deploy the missile on its border with Syria.

An Iranian lawmaker said Monday that Iran's Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission will have a meeting next week to discuss NATO's probable missile deployment in Turkey, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Deployment of NATO's Patriot missiles on Turkey-Syria's border is a source of "tension" and can "escalate regional conflicts," Mohammad-Hassan Asfari, deputy chairman of the Majlis commission, was quoted as saying.

Such measures by neighboring countries will lead to militarization of the region and may have adverse effect on its stability and peace, he said, adding that the Islamic republic is against any moves which could escalate regional tensions.

On Saturday, Iran's Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani met with the Turkish officials in Ankara and voiced Iran's opposition to the missile deployment.

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