Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Iran ready for non-aggression pact with region

Tehran is ready to sign non-aggression pacts with countries in the region, Iranian Defence Minister was quoted as saying, AFP reported.

The comment came less than a week after military exercises were held to trumpet the Islamic republic's "homegrown" military achievements.

"Our exercises were welcomed by Muslims of the world, and they dismayed our enemies. Since (the exercises) were a message of peace and friendship, we are ready to sign non-aggression pacts with the regional countries," Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said. READ MORE

"Islamic Republic of Iran announces once again its readiness to hold a joint military exercise with regional countries," he was quoted as saying in Iranian dailies.

From March 31 to April 6, Iran staged major exercises along its strategic southern coast. Tehran also unveiled a wide range of homegrown weaponry including various missiles and torpedoes.

The war games were held in the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow neck in the Persian Gulf through which a third of the world's oil exports pass.

The minister's comments also came amid reports in the US media that President George W. Bush was considering possible air strikes against Iran's nuclear sites, AFP added.