News ID: 230723
Published: 0305 GMT September 02, 2018

Baghdad: Report of Iran moving missiles to Iraq is ‘without evidence’

Baghdad: Report of Iran moving missiles to Iraq is ‘without evidence’

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday it was “astonished” at a Reuters report that Iran had moved missiles to Iraq and that the report was “without evidence.”

“Iraq is not obliged to respond to media reports that lack tangible evidence backing up their claims and allegations,” the ministry said in a statement.

“All state institutions in Iraq uphold Article 7 of the Constitution, which prohibits the use of Iraqi land as a base or passage to be used in operations targeting the security of other states”, Reuters reported.

The statement came after Reuters, in an exclusive report, quoted unnamed sources as claiming that Iran had given ballistic missiles to Shia fighters in Iraq and is developing the capability to build more there to deter attacks on its interests in the Middle East.

The report alleged that Iran had transferred short-range ballistic missiles to its allies in Iraq over the last few months.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday Iran vehemently rejected as "false, meaningless and ludicrous" the recent Reuters report, saying it aimed to stoke Iranophobia in the region, Press TV reported.

“What has been raised and published by some infamous cells and certain media about the transfer of Iranian missiles to Iraq is a nonsensical statement and a sheer lie.”

The Islamic Republic’s missile program and its regional presence has been the target of intensified Western propaganda over the past few months.

Iran has been lending military advisory support to Iraq and Syria as per requests by the two Arab countries’ governments in the face of foreign-backed terrorism.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Twitter he was “deeply concerned” by news that Iran was transferring ballistic missiles to Iraq. He urged Iraqi leaders to form a new government quickly after a May 12 parliamentary election.




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