NATO cannot limit missile defenses to please Russia, U.S. says




 
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January 12th, 2016  
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Topic: NATO cannot limit missile defenses to please Russia, U.S. says


By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO allies cannot agree to Russian demands to limit their missile defenses because of the threat posed by North Korea, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday. North Korea's claim last week to have tested a hydrogen bomb, which would represent an advance in its capability to strike Japan and the United States, has underscored Washington's determination to enhance the defenses that Russia opposes. "We are not going to agree to limitations on our systems because we need to have the flexibility to deal with the dynamic and evolving threat," Frank Rose, deputy assistant secretary of state for arms control, told reporters at NATO in Brussels.




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