Report: U.S. to Drop Eastern Europe Missile Defense Shield Plan

September 17, 2009

(ChattahBox) — President Barack Obama  plans to drop the controversial Bush administration championed plans for the anti-ballistic missile defense system in Eastern Europe, that has so angered Russia.

The U.S. has a “new attitude” toward the proposal, Obama told Czech premier Jan Fischer, and intends to “withdraw from its missile defense project in the Czech Republic and Poland according to the Czech national news agency CTK.

Ellen Tauscher, a U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, would brief Czech officials in Prague and Polish officials in Warsaw later Thursday about Obama’s decision according to the report.

The Bush plan proposed the European-based system to counter the perceived threat of Iran developing a nuclear weapon that could be placed atop its increasingly sophisticated missiles, which infuriated Russia who argued the system was a potential threat to its own intercontinental ballistic missiles

The decision to allegedly halt the project is based on a a 60-day review ordered by President Barack Obama, that determined that Iran’s long-range missile program has not progressed as rapidly as previously estimated, reducing the threat to the continental U.S. and major European capitals, according to the Wall Street Journal.


Comments

3 Responses to “Report: U.S. to Drop Eastern Europe Missile Defense Shield Plan”

  1. Lisa Stone on September 17th, 2009 10:39 pm

    I hope this is a positive move in the right direction for our country.

  2. Lisa Stone on September 18th, 2009 5:19 pm

    I hope this the right move in the right direction for our country.

  3. Constant Gina on September 19th, 2009 3:29 am

    once again…no weapons of mass destruction…again..?

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