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Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and his U.S. counterpart Leon Panetta have discussed issues of international security and the proposed European missile defense shield.
By Tony Capaccio
CIA Director Leon Panetta has promised to support improvements in the U.S. missile defense program if confirmed to succeed Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Bloomberg
North Korea’s ballistic missile program, nuclear enrichment activities and 1 million troops are a “growing and direct threat” to the U.S., according to CIA Director Leon Panetta, nominated to succeed Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
“I intend to monitor the security situation closely and maintain the capabilities necessary to protect our interests, defend our allies and deter North Korea,” Panetta said in written answers to questions posed by the Senate Armed Services Committee in advance of his testimony today before the panel.