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Iranian missiles no threats to any countries: Defense minister

Tehran, Oct 27, IRNA - Iranian missiles are no threats to any states and would only pound those who violate the country's boundaries, Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said on Saturday.

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Addressing the ministry's Diplomacy Committee session, the minister stressed that Iran's missile power would only be used to serve regional peace and security.

He said that Iran's missile power "is part of the Islamic world's defense power."

Referring to recent claims of the US president George Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney, the defense minister said those comments were only an "aggrandizement" of Iran's missile power.

The US president had lately claimed that Iranian missiles could target US and Europe by 2015.

Those rhetorics were only aimed at "justifying the US plans to make a missile shield in the Republic of Czech, a plan which is increasingly opposed by European public opinion," said the minister.

He added that US new act of imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran indicated Washington's disappointment at other countries's support for Tehran.

On Thursday Washington announced it would impose more sanctions on Iran unilaterally in a bid to mount pressure on Tehran for its peaceful nuclear activities.

Those sanctions would only speed up the growing trend of self-sufficiency and reaching independence in Iran and would boost national unity and solidarity against possible threats of enemies, stressed the minister.

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