Russia sells new missiles to Iran

Russia has said that it has delivered new anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran and said it would consider more requests from Tehran for defensive weapons.

Russia sells new missiles to Iran
Sergei Ivanov, Russia's defence minister, told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday that Russia had supplied Iran with the modern short-range anti-aircraft systems TOR-M1.
 
"We're developing our military and technical cooperation with Iran in accordance with international law and will continue to develop it," Ivanov said.
 
"And if Iran wants to buy defensive, I underline defensive, equipment for its armed forces then why not?"
The United States has accused Iran of seeking to acquire nuclear arms and undermining security in the Middle East.
 
The United Nations has banned sensitive nuclear trade with Iran but there are no sanctions on conventional weapon deals.
 
US criticises decision
 
"We don't think that it's an appropriate signal to be sending to the government of Tehran when they continue to be in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions," Tom Casey, a state department spokesman, said.
 
"We also believe as well that we certainly don't want to see any kind of lethal aid or assistance given to any country that's a state sponsor of terror. And as we've said, Iran is the leading state sponsor in the world."
 
Ivanov, also Russia's deputy prime minister, did not say how many missile systems had been delivered or when the deliveries took place.
 
Last year Russia dropped its plans to sell longer-range S300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, Russian news agencies have reported.
 
The US last year imposed sanctions on leading Russian arms firms over arms sales to Iran and Syria.
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