Iran says has 'good neighbours' over US missile threat

On Sunday, U.S. officials said the United States had expanded land- and sea-based missile systems in and around the Gulf.

Iran says has 'good neighbours' over US missile threat

Iran dismissed on Tuesday a U.S. expansion of missile systems in the Gulf to counter what Washington sees as the Islamic Republic's growing missile threat, saying it had good relations with neighbouring states.

On Sunday, U.S. officials said the United States had expanded land- and sea-based missile systems in and around the Gulf.

The deployments include expanded land-based Patriot defensive missile installations in Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and Bahrain, they said.

"We consider these kinds of moves by overseas countries in the region as unworkable and we have been witnessing the failure of such moves," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told a news conference.

"Relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the other countries in the region are very good and friendly," he said. "An interactive attitude in the region is the only suitable approach towards making peace and stability."

"It is interesting that they (the Americans) justify their move by saying the reason is the regional countries' concerns about Iran," parliament speaker Ali Larijani said, according to the website of state broadcaster IRIB.

"It is strange that the American officials do not notice that the problem in the region is your (U.S.) presence and the more you deploy artillery (in this region), the more the host countries will be concerned," he told parliament.

On Monday, the U.S. Defense Department said a U.S. attempt to shoot down a ballistic missile mimicking an attack from Iran had failed after a malfunction in a radar built by Raytheon Co.

The unsuccessful test cost $150 million.


Reuters


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