(CNN) — Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday blasted U.S. plans to overhaul the setup for a missile defense shield in Europe, calling the Obama administration’s intentions “anti-Iranian,” state-run media reported.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also called Western concerns about Iran’s ambitions — which Tehran says are only for energy purposes — “purely a fabrication by the United States,” according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.
“This is something that is in the doctrine of anti-Iranianism, since the policy and the 30-year-old history of the Islamic Republic has proven that Iran wants to live in peace and under the spirit of equality and fraternity, with its Muslim neighbors and the rest of the world,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama said the United States is significantly overhauling Bush-era plans for a missile defense shield in Europe, based partly on the latest analysis of Iran’s offensive capabilities. The “new missile defense architecture in Europe” will be ready faster, work with existing technology and provide better missile defense than the program proposed by former President George W. Bush, Obama said.