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Iran Denies Report It May Bomb U.S. Mission in Turkey, Mehr Says

Iran rejected a report that its Revolutionary Guard Corps may attack the U.S. embassy or American consulates in neighboring Turkey, the state-run Mehr news agency said, citing the Iranian embassy in Ankara.

“The Zionists and interventionist governments are not happy about close relations between the two brotherly countries of Iran and Turkey, and therefore have been sparing no efforts to create tension in their relations,” according to a statement released yesterday by the Iranian embassy. Iran is itself “one of the victims of terrorism.”

Turkish intelligence sent a memorandum to authorities around the nation saying Iran may order a bombing by the Guards’ Quds force aimed at provoking banned political groups into action, the Istanbul-based Zaman newspaper reported on Jan. 18.

The attack would be in retaliation for Turkey’s agreement to host a radar system as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s anti-missile defense network, Zaman said, citing the memorandum though not saying how it obtained the document.

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