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Accuracy of satellite images on Saudi missile site skeptical: Araqchi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 16, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi said Tuesday that accuracy of the reports about some satellite images which detected a missile site in Saudi Arabia targeting Iran and the Zionist regime was 'disputable'.

'Definitely, there is a conspiracy behind the timing of releasing the report,' Araqchi told reporters at his weekly press conference referring to the issue as 'suspicious.'

He reiterated that Tehran is scrutinizing the issue.

He argued that the conspiracy was 'to escalate tensions between the two major and influential regional states of Iran and Saudi Arabia, especially in the present critical condition that Iran is experiencing a transitional period of government change.'

A reportedly prominent defense analysis group has recently announced it has identified a previously undisclosed missile site in Saudi Arabia's desert with signs suggesting Iran and the Zionist regime could be targeted in a possible launch from the location.

The report was published Thursday by the London-based IHS Jane's Intelligence Review which is a monthly journal on military intelligence. It covers international security issues, ongoing conflicts, organized crime, and weapons proliferation.

The report assesses satellite imagery that indicates launch pads oriented in the direction of Iran and the Zionist regime.

'It is suspicious that the images are released when president-elect Hassan Rohani is busy preparing the grounds for the start of his government,' Araqchi noted.

Reiterating Tehran's policy of establishing friendly relations with Riyadh based on mutual respect, Araqchi said, 'Although the two capitals do not share identical views regarding various issues, the solution is not to settle the disputes by missiles.'


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