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Shocker: Putin Sells Iran Missile Defense

From those lovers of nuclear proliferation at Reuters:

An S-300 missile is test-fired in Ukraine.

Iran to get missile system from Russia: report

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Russia has agreed to sell an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran, Iran’s defense minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a report likely to irritate the United States.

S-300 missiles are longer-ranging than the TOR-M1 surface-to-air missiles which Russia, in a deal criticized by the West, earlier this year said it had delivered to the Islamic Republic under a $1 billion contract

“The S-300 system, under a contract signed in the past with Russia, will be delivered to Iran,” Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar told Fars News Agency, without giving details.

“The timing of the delivery … will be announced later,” he said. The ISNA news agency carried a similar report.

The United States and Israel — Tehran’s arch foes — have said Iran could use the TOR-M1 system to attack its neighbors. Russia says it is a short-range system and purely defensive.

Najjar said last month Iran would never launch an attack against another country but warned that anybody trying to invade Iran would “face a crushing response.” …

Gosh, how shocking.

Funny how none of the heavily touted sanctions against Iran stopped this from happening.

It’s almost as if they are meaningless.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 26th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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