Atul Aneja

DUBAI: Iran has received sophisticated Russian air defence missiles to protect its key nuclear facilities.

Officials disclosed the import of Tor-M1 missile during Iran's three-day military exercises.

These weapons are likely to deployed to safeguard Iranian nuclear facilities at Isfahan, Bushehr, Tehran and eastern Iran, Russia's ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

"We have had constructive defence transactions with Russia and we purchased Tor-M1 missiles that were recently delivered to us," Iran's Defence Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar was quoted as saying. Mr. Najjar, however, did not disclose the quantity of the missiles that had been received.

AP reports:

In New York, spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations, Richard Grenell, called the development ``troublesome, given that Iran is the leading state sponsor of terror in the world.''