Iran complains to Turkey about proposed NATO Missile Shield

Iran’s foreign ministry says it has informed Ankara about concerns that Turkey could accept an offer to host some radar defenses under NATO’s plan for a missile shield over Europe.

Iran says it has serious doubts about the shield’s purpose and suspects it’s aimed at supporting Israel.

The U.S. has asked NATO-member Turkey to host some of the radar defenses and to approve the proposal for a Europe-wide defense network. Turkey has hesitated, saying it doesn’t want the system explicitly to target its neighbor, Iran.

Given that Tehran has claimed for years that its missile program is a “space” program and that its nuclear program is for “peaceful” energy purposes, one cannot help but wonder why Iran has such strident objections to a defensive anti-missile system…

Ahmadinejad: Iran building three-stage rocket

“The country’s scientists are working on a three-stage rocket that will take us to 1,000 kilometres,” according to Ahmadinejad.

The Iranian president said the rocket’s engines would have a thrust of between 120 and 140 tonnes, or four times higher than the rocket used to launch Iran’s first satellite into space in February 2009.

“Last time, we sent a satellite to 250 kilometres … Next year it will be sent to 700 kilometres, and the year after that to 1,000 kilometres,” he said.

This is obviously very worrying, since the technology involved in multiple stage rocketry to put a satellite in orbit is little different from that required to send a warhead over intercontinental distances. Couple this development with Iran’s uranium enrichment program, and we have a gathering storm…