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  • Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the contract for delivery of the powerful S-300 air-defense missiles to Iran was concluded before the U.N. Security Council approved new sanctions last month.

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  • "The contract for Russian S-300 missiles was concluded before last U.N. Security Council [resolution]. It is an old contract; therefore, it has nothing to do with the ... [new] resolution. Moreover, it is a defensive weapon," Mr. Larijani told reporters on a visit to Damascus.

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