US to scrap plans for missile shield in Europe: Report

The United States plans to shelve plans for a missile-defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

US to scrap plans for missile shield in Europe: Report
The United States plans to shelve plans for a missile-defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

It is a move "likely to cheer Moscow and roil the security debate in Europe," the report said.

"The US will base its decision on a determination that Iran's long-range missile program has not progressed as rapidly as previously estimated, reducing the threat to the continental US and major European capitals," the report said, citing unnamed current and former US officials.

"The findings, expected to be completed as early as next week following a 60-day review ordered by President Barack Obama, would be a major reversal from the Bush administration, which pushed aggressively to begin construction of the Eastern European system before leaving office in January," the report added.

Former president George W. Bush's administration proposed the system to counter its alleged threat of Iran.

Russia was a staunch opponent of the system which it has seen as a threat to its own security.


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