Iran Displays Missiles, Criticizes Turkey’s Plan to Host NATO Radar

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 12:36 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran has displayed its growing arsenal of ballistic missiles in a military parade marking the 31st anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war.

The parade held in Tehran on Thursday featured the long-range Sajjil missile that can reach Israel and U.S.-allied Arab nations.

Iran's Fars news agency says the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps also displayed a new supersonic anti-ship missile that can reportedly destroy targets 300 kilometers away.

Iranian leaders attending the parade criticized Turkey's plan to host a NATO early-warning radar system aimed at countering Iranian missile threats.

Fars quotes IRGC official Amir Ali Hajizadeh as saying the radar plan is a “hopeless” move by the United States and Israel. He also said that “if Iran decides to launch a ballistic missile” the early warning radar system would be “ineffective.”

Turkey, a NATO member, agreed to host the radar earlier this month. The United States hopes to have it operational by the end of this year.