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Bush accused of destabilizing Persian Gulf

April 4, 2008 at 5:46 PM
TEHRAN, April 4 (UPI) -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry accused U.S. President Bush of trying to destabilize the Persian Gulf region with remarks on Tehran's alleged military threat.

Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini branded Bush's remarks about the need for a missile shield in view of Iran's new missile capability as "unreasonable and opportunistic."

Hosseini said Iran's military "serves stability and security" in the region, the Fars News Agency reported.

Speaking at a NATO summit in Bucharest, Bush said Iran was developing long-range ballistic missiles capable of reaching not only Europe but also the United States, restating his support for a European missile shield.

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