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Azerbaijan no launch pad for Iran attack: Azeri FM
Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov (file photo)
Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov (file photo)
Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:12PM
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Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov says Baku will not allow its soil to be used as launch pad for an attack against Iran.


Speaking to reports on Sunday, Mamedyarov dismissed media reports that Azeri soil could be used to carry out possible military operations against Tehran as “totally unfounded.”

He added that such speculations were totally unrealistic and they had been refuted by Azeri authorities several times in the past.

Media reports had revived speculations about Azerbaijan facilitating an Israeli attack against Iran after leaked intelligence in late September by two 'former Azeri military officers with links to serving personnel' revealed that Baku and Tel Aviv have been looking at how Azeri bases and intelligence could serve in a possible strike against Iran.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program with Tel Aviv using this pretext to threaten Iran with a military option.

Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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