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Iran has obtained four S-300 surface-to-air missiles a semi-official Iranian news agency claimed Wednesday.
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Russia was originally supposed to sell Teheran S-300 missiles but canceled the deal as a result of UN sanctions passed against the Islamic Republic for refusing to cease its uranium enrichment program. The West fears Iran will use the enriched uranium to create nuclear weapons, while Teheran insists the program is for peaceful purposes.
The Fars news agency, which has ties to Iran's elite Revolutionary
Guard, Iran's most powerful military force, said Iran received two
missiles from Belarus and two others from another unspecified source.
Fars did not elaborate, and there was no immediate official confirmation
of the report.
Russia signed a contract in 2007 to sell S-300 missiles to Iran, a move
that would have substantially boosted the country's defense capacities.
Israel fears that supplying S-300s to Iran would change the military
balance in the Middle East.
The S-300 anti-aircraft missile defense system is capable of shooting
down aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missile warheads at ranges
of over 90 miles (144 kilometers) and at altitudes of about 90,000 feet
Russia said in June that the tough, new UN Security Council sanctions
against Iran prevent Russia from delivering the missiles to Iran, but Teheran has insisted that Moscow is under an obligation to carry out the
contract to provide the S-300 missiles to Iran.