US denies missile plan obstacle to START despite Russian opposition

The White House denied that its missile defense plans were an obstacle to reaching agreement on a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

US denies missile plan obstacle to START despite Russian opposition

The White House denied on Tuesday that its missile defense plans were an obstacle to reaching agreement on a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

Russia's top general said earlier on Tuesday that differences over the U.S. missile defense plans were preventing agreement on a successor to a Cold War-era weapons reduction treaty that expired in December.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had not raised the issue as an obstacle in his most recent telephone call with President Barack Obama.

Obama scrapped the Bush administration's plans to deploy elements of a missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. But Russia is concerned about Obama's revised plans, which are based on sea- and land-based missile interceptors in Europe.

Reuters

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