ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- At a scientific board meeting back in December 2011, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was reported to have said: "Our neighbor Iranpossesses missiles with a range of 2,000-2,500 kilometers, whereas the longest range of missiles thatTurkey possesses are 150 kilometers. This is not acceptable. We have to increase the range of our missiles."
Erdogan reportedly went on to say during the closed-door session of the meeting organized by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TüBITAK) that Iran had been developing those long-range missiles on its own, independent from Europe, despite an international embargo imposed against it. Hence, the Iranian missiles were developed indigenously.