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Iran's missiles will only threaten potential aggressors: Defense Minister

TEHRAN, Apr. 7 (Mehr News Agency) - Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar on Tuesday dismissed the U.S. allegations that Iran poses military threats against Western countries as a "tricky pretext" to gain support for its plans to station a missile defense shield in Europe.

Washington is trying to station interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic to allegedly protect against missile strikes from some countries including Iran.

Najjar asserted that Iran's missile system is "completely defensive" and will only target aggressors against its territories.

The Islamic Republic, being under massive military attacks during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War, needs to develop defensive facilities to protect its security, the minister explained.

"If a missile defense shield should be built in the world, it should be produced for protection against nuclear threats from the U.S. and Israel which are directly and indirectly threatening different countries with military invasion," he observed.

Najjar criticized the United States for seeking to maintain its illegitimate presence in the Middle East through spreading psychological and media propaganda against regional countries.

He called on Middle Eastern and European countries to be vigilant not to fall into the "trap of the U.S. evil policies."

"The occupation of Iraq and the tragedies Iraqi people are facing, the Lebanon crisis, Israel's crimes in Palestine directly supported by the United States, and the U.S. efforts to take control of the entire world should alert the European and Middle Eastern countries."

The defense minister stressed that Iran is playing a constructive role in establishing peace and security in the region and is seeking further relations with all countries except the Zionist regime.

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