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Iranian Commander Says NATO Missile Shield Will 'Deform' Turkish Kids

Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Iranian Aerospace Force
Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Iranian Aerospace Force
Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Aerospace Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, says Turkey should expect "deformed children and incurable diseases" as the result of NATO’s planned missile shield.

Tehran has previously made clear its displeasure at Turkey's agreement to deploy an early warning system for missiles, part of the NATO shield structure, on its soil.

Iranian officials have said the plan will be used as an "eye" for Israel by giving it greater surveillance over countries in the region.

The shield is intended primarily to counter perceived threats from Iran and North Korea, although Turkish officials have said the system is not aimed at any specific country.

The claim by the Hajizadeh, which he did not back with any scientific data, is the latest in a series of warnings Tehran has issued against the plan.

Hajizadeh warned last year that his country could target the relevant installations in Turkey if faced with a military attack. 

"We have prepared ourselves if any threat is staged against Iran," he was quoted as saying last November. "We will target NATO's missile shield in Turkey and will then attack other targets."

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, however, dismissed the threats and reassured Turkey that they are not Iran's official policy, according to reports by Turkish media.

Iran and Turkey have also been at odds over Tehran’s main regional ally, Syria.

Ankara has been vocal in the international condemnation of the government crackdown in Syria, while Iran appears to be determined to continue supporting the Bashar al-Assad government.

Earlier this month Iranian officials sharply criticized Turkey for hosting a conference on the Syrian crisis.

Despite the recent tensions, Turkey has also played an important role as a facilitator for nuclear talks between Iran and major world powers.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: Head-ball-soccer
April 28, 2012 19:28
Turks afraid from Russians, so they entered to NATO. Turks afraid from Europe, so they want to allied with İranians. Turks afraid from İranians, so they want to be allied with İsrael. Turks, not know how side they must be ? There is no original Turkish politics. Only frightened bad dreams "Our country has sea-shore three sides, our country has enemy in four sides..."
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by: Irani from: USA
May 04, 2012 06:42
Head Ball-Soccer
SIr,,
Turks don't afraid from anybody, They had no any significant enemy in the World , Just
Historically and calturally they have had mutiple faces and skilled in political games
They are able to "Chantage" the other nations for their own interests and get away
As "Ottoman Empire" used Germany and "Young Turks" used communist "Lenin" In the last days of World war II they changed their position and became western "Allied"
Then they used West, Nato and US with billions of dollars againt Soviet Union.Also they played game in Iraq war.
Last but not least now they continue to use Multiple faces by decieving, Europe, Arabs, Israeli, Iran and united States Of America by using US tax payers money.

by: Sey from: World
April 29, 2012 01:03
What can Turkey do anyways? It is not on their choice to have the NATO missile shield on their territory, it was the US decision. Furthermore, when does any NATO member decides on anything? All top decisions come from America, all the rest just follow orders.

by: Ivan from: California
May 01, 2012 20:30
The Turks need to listen to the Iranians. I remember a couple of years ago an Iranian Mullah came out and said that earthquakes were caused by women not wearing headscarves. Well, last year Van Turkey was hit by a bad earquake, undoubtedly caused my the visible hair of Turkish women.

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