World Bulletin/News Desk
The Foreign Ministry has dismissed a claim recently published by Britain's Sunday Times newspaper which said that Turkey will agree to a defense cooperation deal with three Arab countries and Israel that aims to set up an early warning system to detect Iranian ballistic missiles.
The Sunday Times report claimed that the defense cooperation proposal, prepared by Israel, may eventually lead to technicians from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan working alongside Israelis in joint command-and-control centers. According to the proposal, referred to as “4+1,” the Israelis would have access to real-time data from radar stations in Saudi Arabia and the Emirates.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Levent Gümrükçü told the Anatolia news agency on Sunday that the news story that appeared in the British paper was “manipulative and delusive.” Gümrükçü called on the public to be aware of manipulative stories that have been brought to the nation's attention at a critical period.
The American-brokered plan is to build a “moderate crescent” of allied states that share a powerful vested interest in countering Iran's nuclear ambitions, the news report said. The paper quoted an Israeli official as saying: “The plan is to start with information-sharing about Iran's ballistic missiles.”
The Israeli official also said he believed President Barack Obama has no appetite for an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. “That's why the Americans are working on a regional alliance to deter and contain Tehran,” he added.Last Mod: 07 Mayıs 2013, 10:28