Iran warns Turkey and its allies over deployment of Patriot missiles.

By bne IntelliNews December 17, 2012
Irans foreign minister and its military chief warned Turkey and its allies over Patriot missiles after Germanys parliament and US defence secretary approved the sending of missile batteries to Turkey. Irans foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi criticised the deployment of Patriot missiles by NATO allies in Turkey as provocative while Irans armed forces chief of staff said the deployment could lead to a world war. On Friday, Germanys lower house approved the sending of two batteries and 400 soldiers and US defence secretary Leon Panetta also on Friday signed an order to send two Patriot missiles and 400 military personnel. The Dutch government already agreed to send two batteries and 360 soldiers to Turkey. On a related note, Irans president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cancelled a trip to Turkey. PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan had invited Ahmadinejad to the Turkish city of Konya for a ceremony marking the death of a Sufi mystic. Turkish foreign ministry sources said Ahmadinejad cancelled his trip to Turkey because of problems in his schedule. But, the cancellation of Ahmadinejad can be explained with the increased tension between Ankara and Tehran over Syria.

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