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Rice says US missile system to be deployed in Poland, Czech Republic aims at Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Feb 21, IRNA
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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday that the missile system the US has planned to deploy in Poland and the Czech Republic is aimed at a possible launch from Iran.

"This is a missile defense system for limited purposes, we have had the opportunity to explain that to Russia. I think everyone understands that with a growing Iranian missile threat, which is quite pronounced, that there need to be ways to deal with that problem." Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has sharply criticized the missile defense plans, saying they risk provoking a new arms race.

Analysts in Moscow say that while the currently proposed system could not stop Russia's missiles, officials are concerned that might change with technological advances.

The system consists of interceptor rockets that release a small kill vehicle that maneuvers into the path of oncoming warheads and destroys them in a high-speed collision.

Critics say the system has not been convincingly shown to work.

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