Iran calls on Russia to honour missile defence deal

Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Iran had a contract with Russia to buy the missile system.

Iran calls on Russia to honour missile defence deal

Russia should honour a contract to sell a missile defence system to Iran and not bend to outside pressure, the Islamic Republic's defence minister said in remarks published on Thursday.

Moscow has not followed through on proposals to supply high-grade S300 air defence missiles to the Islamic state. Reports says Moscow delays its words under Western and US pressure.

Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Iran had a contract with Russia to buy the missile system.

"In connection with the purchase of S-300, we have a contract with Russia and I do not think it would be suitable for Russia to be seen as an uncertain partner in the world," Vahidi said in remarks published in Siyasat-e Rouz newspaper on Thursday.

Moscow "should honour the contract and not be influenced by the Zionists ... of course we are hopeful the issue will be resolved as soon as possible," Vahidi said.

Vahidi's comments were initially carried by Iran's labour news agency ILNA.

An influential Iranian parliamentarian, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, earlier this week also said Russia should keep its word on selling the missile system to Iran.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said last month "there have been no such deliveries to date".

The truck-mounted S-300PMU1, known in the West as the SA-20, can shoot down cruise missiles and aircraft. It can fire at targets up to 150 km (90 miles) away and travel at more than two km per second.

Iran says it enriches uranium for civilian applications and that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it has a right to the technology already in the hands of many others.

Israel, which has initiated several wars in the region in its 60-year history, has not denied having nuclear weapons, but has not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and open its facilities for IAEA perusal.

Israel also often threatens Iran an attack over its nuclear sites.


Agencies

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