Iran Warns American and NATO Over Plan To Install Missile Defesnse System In Turkey Later This Year - Aimed At Protecting Region From Iranian Missiles...
Muslim Turkey, with NATO's second biggest military, has become a bigger player in the Middle East emboldened by its booming economy and a more Islamic identity, seeking stronger ties with Muslim countries in the Middle East, like Iran.
But Turkey, increasingly critical of Iranian ally Syria, has split with Iran recently over Syrian President Bashar Assad's bloody crackdown on popular unrest in his country.
Vahidi warned Turkey over the radar system, which Ankara says is not against any specific country. "We regard the presence of America and the West as a troublesome and harmful presence for the Islamic countries," Vahidi said.