Russia: Iran poses us no threat

Iran poses no threat to Russia, top diplomats and military officials said Thursday as Moscow pressed its argument for the United States to abandon plans for a missile defense system in Europe. "As far as the possibility of a threat from the south that our American partners have been talking about, it merely does not exist," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak was quoted by the ITAR-Tass news agency as saying. At a separate briefing, the chief of Russia's general staff voiced similar sentiments. "A missile threat from Iran looks hypothetical, while the United States suggests establishing a major missile defense system already now, although there is no need for this whatsoever," Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky was quoted by ITAR-Tass as saying.