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Iran warns Russia over missile delay

11-08-09-jp-A senior Iranian lawmaker warned Russia that its delay in delivering an anti-aircraft missile defense system to Teheran could harm relations between the two countries, state television reported Sunday.

Russia signed a contract two years ago to sell the S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran but has not made any deliveries or given any explanation for the delay. The United States and Israel strongly oppose the deal because it would significantly boost Iran's air defense capabilities at a time of heightened tension over the country's nuclear program.

Russia and the US are among six nations leading an effort to ensure Iran does not use what it maintains is a civilian nuclear program to develop an atomic bomb. But Moscow also has close ties with Iran and is helping build its first nuclear power plant, forcing Russia into a delicate balancing act.

Russia's president warned over the weekend that Moscow could back sanctions against Iran if it fails to take a constructive stance in the nuclear talks.

On Sunday, a prominent Iranian lawmaker had a warning of his own over the delay in the missile system.

"If they do not fulfill their promise, this will be a negative point in relations between the two countries," said Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of parliament's national security and foreign policy committee, according to state TV.

The news report quoted Boroujerdi as saying that more delays "will be harmful to Russia since we have many areas of cooperation with them."

The S-300 surface-to-air missiles are capable of shooting down aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missile warheads at ranges of over 145 kilometers and at altitudes of about 90,000 feet.

In 2007, Russia delivered Iran another anti-aircraft system called the Tor-M1, which can hit aerial targets at up to 20,000 feet.

Russia is helping Iran build a nuclear power plant in the southern Iranian port of Bushehr whose launch has also been delayed and is now expected within several months.

In the international talks over Iran's nuclear work, a UN-brokered plan worked out in October requires Teheran to send 1.2 tons of low-enriched uranium - around 70 percent of its stockpile - to Russia by the end of the year for further enrichment.

That would help ease international concerns that the material could be further processed to make it usable for a bomb. Iran, which says its nuclear work is only for peaceful purposes like energy production, has not yet announced a decision on whether to accept the deal.


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The Russian S-300 missile system.


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Added: Nov-8-2009 
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  • lmao...the Iranians are warning the Russians?

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  • Some countries arent even allowed to defend themselfs, while others get to invade anyone they see fit. Thats justice allright.

    Like forcing Iraq to dissarm for years, and having weapon inspectors find shit. Then invade them anyway and hang there leaders, killing a million people in the process.

    Want to find some weapons of mass destruction? Check your own nuke silos US and A.

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    • That is so stupid it's pathetic.
      What is Iran going to defend itself from, that will take nukes.
      Everybody knows what will happen, if that unstable country gets nukes.

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    • The smartest person in this site..

      je te tire mon chapeau ..

      Got thumb up

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    • Don't mouth off to much much there. War supports your country just like the banks do as well. World on the street is the neutral swedes have the best shit in town. The always stay neutral but have the hand out for the cash for weapons which the sell without care to the highest bidder. And the reason why the stay neutral is to keep both feet on the ground while they sit on the fence, once you move a foot your get a fence post in the ass.

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    • Agreed

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    • how did the US know Iraq had WMD's? They kept the receipts.

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  • HELL YEA!! You go iRAN! PLEEEEAASE!! Back yourselves into a corner you maggots!


    I'm sure every russian official is looking at eachother and mouthing "WTF?"

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  • LMAO warning russian is not such a great idea.

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    • Actually I think it's an excellent idea :-)

      (ordering popcorn, waiting for the games to begin)

      But alas, I don't know how quickly the Russians can get up from ROTFLTF buttzki's off :-)

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  • It would be quite foolish for the Ruskies to provide the maniacs of Iran with any of their highly advanced equipment that will surely fall into Israeli hands during any attack, and result in a setback to Russia's own strategic defense capability.

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    • So Israel will mount a ground invasion too , mmmm .

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    • 1) How? Israelis aren't planing for an invasion, they are just going to pound them from the air.
      2) S-300 isn't realy advanced, most ex-warshaw pack countries had them when Russia collapsed. Western countries already has all neccessary info about those systems exept for any changes made since. But even so it would be just S-300PMU1, Russians already use S-400 witch is basicaly PMU3.

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    • Thank you. I stand corrected. However most military hardware receive periodic upgrades and service changes, and I assume that Russia will keep these cards close to its chest.
      And If the weapon system has been around that long, I guess Israel and the US already have the know-how to defeat it

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    • If Israel makes a strike they will do whatever necessary to disable anything that threatens it, now and in the future. Remember, that wimp and military incompetent Olmert is no longer in charge.

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    • Dont get me wrong , I hope it happens too . It'll change both their countries dramaticly . Prob both for the better , Iran defo , and Israel , jeez could they be any worse .

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  • They need all firepower available cause war is coming!

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  • lol ! did iran hear about russian preventive nuclear attack policy ?

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  • 1. The are building nuclear stuff by the week.

    2. They have made intercontinental missiles.

    3. They want to eagerly have their new S300's.

    Why?

    You have to be one gigantic daft motherfucker not to see what they are doing.

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  • Can't see why they would need a missile defence system? Surely their god will protect them from any attack with all the praying they do. Or do they really know there's no god, and man made missiles are the only real defence.

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  • Sounds like Iran is still holding out something. They had agreed to send uranium to Russia for processing into NON-weapon grade uranium for use in the reactor. I have a hunch that Russia is waiting for that to happen, and confirmation that they are not working on building a bomb, because Russia isn't stupid enough to hand off a nuclear weapon to any sort of religious nut. I'm sure that Russia can find no reason of any sort that would drive them to start handing out nuclear weapons.

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