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11:43 | 2012-07-23


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Iranian Defense Minister Briefs MPs on S-300 Contract, Cyber Defense

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi briefed members of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission about the country's annulled contract on the purchase of the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems as well as the ministry's measures against enemies' cyber attacks against Iran.

Speaking to reporters about the Sunday meeting, Rapporteur of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi said that the defense minister submitted a report on the latest developments and achievements in the defense fields.

"General Vahidi briefed lawmakers on the latest situation regarding purchase of Russian-made S-300 missiles. He said that after Russia refrained from delivering the S-300 anti-missile missiles to Iran, the Defense Ministry also called for returning the sum of money that Iran had paid to Russia," he added.

The lawmaker said the Defense Ministry started manufacturing long-range missiles afterwards by relying on the country's scientific, technical and technological capabilities.

As regards cyber defense, Naqavi Hosseini said General Vahidi reiterated that his ministry managed to thwart the recent cyber attacks against Iran's facilities by making use from Iran's technological capacities.

Under a contract signed in 2007, Russia was required to provide Iran with at least five S-300 air-defense systems.

However, Moscow's continued delays in delivering the defense system drew criticism from the Islamic Republic on several occasions.

Russia has been refusing to deliver the system to Iran under the pretext that the system is covered by the fourth round of UN Security Council resolutions against Iran.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a decree in September 2010 prohibiting the sale of S-300 missile systems to Iran, citing restrictions under sanctions the UN Security Council imposed on Tehran in June over its nuclear activities.

Iran dismissed Russia's justification that the ban on the delivery of the S-300 missile system to Iran was in line with the (US-engineered) UN Security Council Resolution 1929, and stated that this is an air defense system which is not included in Resolution 1929.

On June 9, 2010, the UN Security Council (UNSC) imposed a US-engineered sanctions resolution against Iran over allegations that Tehran's nuclear program is military in nature.

After the resolution was passed, Moscow said that it was not obliged to drop the S-300 deal with Iran, since it was not referenced in the UNSC resolution.

But after Washington's continued pressures, Moscow later claimed that upon further study of the sanctions resolution, it was freezing the delivery.

Iran criticized Russia, saying that since Resolution 1929 does not specifically ban the delivery of defensive missiles, Moscow has no excuse for refusing to commit to the deal.

Later, Iran lodged a complaint with the International Court of Arbitration against Russia after the latter refused to deliver S-300 air-defense systems to Tehran.