Friday, October 22, 2010

Iran has No Plans to Buy S-300 Air Defense from China, Venezuela

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi dismissed media reports that Tehran has tried to buy Russia's sophisticated anti-aircraft S-300 missile system from third parties."We don't have any plan to buy S-300 from other countries," Vahidi told reporters on the sidelines of a national congress here in Tehran on Wednesday. Also in response to reporters' repeated questions about Tehran's possible plans for purchasing the S-300 missile shield from China, he underlined, "We don't have any such plan at present." He also rejected media reports that the S-300 deal has been rechanneled through a third party, namely Venezuela, and stressed reports alleging that Iran plans to buy the S-300 missile defense system that Russia has sold to Venezuela are baseless rumors.

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