Posted: 19 May 2011 08:38 PM PDT
TEHRAN, May 20: Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi rejected the UN claim that Iran and North Korea are sharing ballistic missile know-how.
"We are fully self-sufficient in the domain and nothing has been exchanged between us," said Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi on the sidelines of cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
He then said some locally-made defense projects would be unveiled late May including new boats, ballistic missiles and ammunitions.
A UN panel of experts' confidential report claimed that North Korea aided Iran's ballistic missile program.
The report was submitted to the UN Security Council, claimed that "prohibited ballistic missile-related items are suspected to have been transported between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran on regular scheduled flights of Air Koryo and Iran Air."
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman has already dismissed the claim, saying that "this is propaganda and we believe that certain goals are pursued by spreading such news."
Mehmanparast added that Iran doesn't need know-how or parts from other countries.
Iran has already said that its efforts to promote defense capability only aim to protect the country from any probable military threat posed by some countries and Zionist regime.
China on Tuesday blocked the publication of the report.Full Feed Generated by Get Full RSS, sponsored by USA Best Price.
Posted: 19 May 2011 08:30 PM PDT
TEL AVIV, May 20: Responding to President Barack Obama's major Mideast policy speech, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (pic) says that Israel will not be withdrawing to the 1967 borders as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians.
Netanyahu said that Israel appreciates the president's commitment to peace, but added that he expects Obama to reaffirm US commitments to Israel from 2004.
According to the pledges made by then-President George W. Bush, the Jewish state will not be asked to retreat to the 1967 borders and large settlement blocs will remain in Israel's hands.
"Israel believes that in order for peace to prevail, the establishment of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the State of Israel's existence," a statement issued by Netanyahu's office said. "The Palestinians, and not only the United States, must recognize Israel as the Jewish people's nation-state."
Netanyahu also stressed that President Bush's pledges were meant to reinforce Israel's Jewish character, by making it clear that Palestinian refugees will be taken in by Palestine and not by Israel.
"Without a solution to the problem of refugees by settling them outside Israel's borders, no territorial concession would end the conflict," Netanyahu's statement said.Full Feed Generated by Get Full RSS, sponsored by USA Best Price.
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