US urges Russia to reconsider missile export to Iran


Richard Moore

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US urges Russia to reconsider missile export to Iran 2006-05-27 05:09:45

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Friday urged Russia to 
reconsider its decision to honor its commitment to sell Iran the Tor-M1 air 
defense missile system.

"We would hope that Russia would take a second look at this issue," State 
Department spokesman Sean McCormack told a news briefing.

Russia said earlier in the day that it would fulfill a contract to supply its 
sophisticated Tor-M1 air defense systems to Iran.

"Russia has signed a contract with Iran for the supply of Tor-M1 close-range air
defense systems to Iran," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said. "The 
contract will undoubtedly be fulfilled if no major factors interfere."

The contract, worth 1.4 billion U.S. dollars, is the biggest arms deal Iran and 
Russia have ever made.

The Tor-M1 unit is an all-weather air defense system intended for fulfilling air
defense tasks at the battalion unit level. It ensures effective protection from 
cruise missiles, guided bombs, warplanes, helicopters, and pilotless and 
remotely controlled attack aircraft.

The United States has been uneasy toward Russia's military cooperation with 
Iran. In addition to a sale of Russian missiles, Washington also demands an end 
to Russia's cooperation with Iran in building the Islamic republic's first 
civilian nuclear power station. Enditem

Editor: Luan Shanglin

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