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The Russian-made TOR-M1 antiaircraft system (file photo) (epa)
April 24, 2006 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov has confirmed that Moscow will go ahead and supply Iran with sophisticated antiaircraft missiles.
Ivanov, who is visiting Beijing, was quoted by Russian news agencies today as saying that the sale to Iran will go ahead "unless there are some circumstances beyond our control."
Russia's Defense Ministry had previously said that Moscow would supply 29 sophisticated TOR-M1 air-defense missile systems to Iran for $700 million.
The United States last week called on all countries to stop all arms exports to Iran and to end all nuclear cooperation with it to put pressure on Tehran to halt uranium-enrichment activities.