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U.S. Missile Strategy to Unleash Space Arms' Race, Relaunch Cold War Era -Russia Says

Saudi Press Agency

Friday 1440/5/12 - 2019/01/18

Moscow, Jan 18, 2019, SPA -- Russia said on Friday Washington's new missile defense strategy would lead to a dangerous arms race in space and amounts to a relaunch of the Cold War-era "Star Wars" program.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday unveiled a plan which called for developing space-based sensors to detect incoming enemy missiles and exploring space-based weapons to shoot down missiles, among other steps to shield the United States.

In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry described the U.S. plan as confrontational and said it would deal a blow to already-fragile international stability.

The ministry urged Washington to engage with Russia in constructive talks about the nuclear arms balance "before it's too late".

-- SPA
21:23 LOCAL TIME 18:23 GMT

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