Belarus 'selling Iran Iskander-M missiles'

Amid speedy relationship developments between Belarus and Iran, a report says the former Soviet state is selling Tehran the Russian-made Iskander-M tactical missile systems.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday said that he would like to implement top-level agreements with the government of Tehran.

"We will sacredly fulfill our agreements with Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and expect more activity in projects earmarked for joint implementation," President Lukashenko said in a message handed to the visiting Iranian Judicial chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi.

An article published by Ria Novosti said that the swiftness of relation-building between the two states is an indication that President Lukashenko is selling the short-range missiles to Iran.

The Iskander-M system is equipped with two solid-propellant single-stage 9M723K1 guided missiles with "quasi-ballistic" capability with a range of approximately 310 miles.

The report comes shortly after Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar visited Moscow to push for further military cooperation with Russia.

Iran is also interested in Russia's sophisticated air defense missiles, the S-300 surface-to-air system, to enhance its defensive prowess against a potential Israeli attack on the country's nuclear infrastructure.



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