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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Iran: Patriot missiles deployed in Turkey to protect Israel if Iran attacked (Iran will continue supplying gas to Turkey)

West plans to use Patriot missiles to protect Israel: Iran spokesman
Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:40PM GMT
http://presstv.com/detail/2012/12/29/280740/patriot-missiles-aim-to-protect-israel/

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says the deployment of
NATO’s Patriot missiles in Turkey is meant to protect the occupying regime
of Israel.

“Iranian military officials believe that the reason for deploying NATO’s
Patriot missiles in Turkey is to prevent Iran from responding to the Zionist
regime [of Israel] if it attacked Iran,” Mehmanparast said in Turkish
capital city, Ankara, on Saturday.

Despite strong opposition from Russia, Syria and Iran, NATO approved Turkey’s
formal request for the missile system on December 4.

On December 22, NATO issued a statement, saying, “Germany will deploy its
batteries to Kahramanmaras, the Netherlands will deploy its batteries to
Adana, and the United States will deploy its batteries to Gaziantep.”

All the six Patriot batteries, which will be under NATO command and control,
are scheduled to be operational near the Turkish-Syria border by the end of
January 2013.

“If something happens in the region, Western countries and the NATO will
support the Zionist regime and these missiles will be used in favor of this
regime,” the Iranian official added.

When asked whether Tehran would use its gas exports to Turkey as a means to
exert pressure on Ankara, Mehmanparast said, “Relations between Iran and
Turkey are strategic and the two countries have the best political and
economic ties.”

The Iranian official stated that Iran and Turkey would never take advantage
of the needs of the other country to exert pressure.

Following the imposition of European Union’s recent sanctions against
Tehran, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on December 27 that Turkey
would continue buying natural gas from Iran.

EU member states announced on October 15 a package of sanctions against
Iran, which focuses on Iranian banks, trade and gas exports over allegations
that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy
program.

Iran refutes allegations over its nuclear activities and argues that as a
signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International
Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear
technology for peaceful purposes.

MYA/SS/IS

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