The US and Turkey have signed a highly sought-after agreement allowing the installation of a US radar station close to the Iranian border, the Washington Post reported today.
The radar station will be a cornerstone of a missile shield over Europe. The high-power X-band radar station will be installed in Turkey’s Malatya province, some 400 miles from the Iranian border. The radar is intended to provide early warning of missile launches from Iran. Turkey signed the agreement late on Wednesday despite heavy political pressure from Iran. The Iranian foreign ministry had warned the agreement would “create tensions” in Iran-Turkey relations, and would cause “complicated consequences.” [The Washington Post, 16 September].