US move on missile defence could revive talks with Russia

Channel News Asia
Saturday 16th March, 2013

WASHINGTON: The United States is ready to abandon the final phase of its European missile defence system, a US official said Saturday, in a move that could revive arms control talks with Russia.As part of plans announced Friday to deploy more anti-missile batteries in Alaska to thwart potential strikes from North Korea, the United States intends to “restructure” its missile defence program in Europe, an administration official said.President Barack Obama’s plan for Europe had envisaged SM-3 interceptors on land and sea that would be upgraded and steadily improved over four stages.The final pha…

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