TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticised Turkey on Tuesday for hosting a NATO early-warning radar system, saying it was aimed at protecting Israel but warning it would "not stop the fall of the Zionist regime."
The Turkish and US governments said last month the radar system would help spot missile threats coming from outside Europe, including potentially from Iran. The system, provided by the United States, is to become operational later this year.
"This radar system is more aimed at defending the Zionist regime," Ahmadinejad said in a live television interview late on Tuesday.
"They want to make sure that our missiles do not reach the occupied territories, in case they acted militarily against Iran one day," he added.
"We have told our Turkish friends that it was not right to give this permission and that it was not in their benefit to do this... But such radar system will not stop the fall of the Zionist regime."