Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad canceled his upcoming visit to Ankara on Sunday after Iran's military chief warned against the deployment of NATO missiles in Turkey, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported.
Ahmadinejad was due to arrive Monday for a ceremony marking a ceremony at the invite of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
Last week, General Hassan Firouzabadi, the Iranian armed forces chief, said Iran wanted its neighbor Turkey to feel secure but called for NATO not to deploy the Patriots in its easternmost member state, which also borders Iran.
"Each one of these Patriots is a black mark on the world map, and is meant to cause a world war," Firouzabadi said, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency. "They are making plans for a world war, and this is very dangerous for the future of humanity and for the future of Europe itself."