WASHINGTON, October 26 (Itar-Tass) — The United Sates and Russia continue to cut their nuclear arsenals. This assessment was made by the US Department of States on Tuesday that made public a fact sheet on the fulfilment by the two countries of their obligations under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New Start), which came into force on February 5. Read the rest of this entry »
NATO still hopes to engage Russia in its prospective missile defense system, but won’t yield to Moscow’s push for the shield to be run jointly, an alliance envoy said Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »
The international consortium developing the $3.4 billion Meads air and missile defense program for the U.S., Germany and Italy says it could sign on a fourth foreign partner by next year, according to a senior executive with the Lockheed Martin-led group.
The U.S. last month said it would stop funding the U.S.-European Medium Extended Air Defense System, or Meads, after fiscal 2013, calling it unaffordable in the current budget climate. Germany issued a similar statement, but it has also said itis open to fielding a Meads-derived missile defense system pending the outcome of the development program.
U.S., British, French and German diplomats today cited evidence of a growing number of illegal arms exports by Iran, including the seizure earlier this month of rockets intended for the Taliban militia in Afghanistan.
“Germany is concerned about the high number of violation cases that were recently uncovered,” Ambassador Peter Wittig said in remarks to the United Nations Security Council. “Many involve the extensive delivery of weapons from Iran to unstable regions in West Africa and the Middle East.”
South Korea has recently begun consultations with the U.S. over whether to revise their long-standing missile agreement and allow Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles in order to better safeguard itself, according to a government source.
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It looks a decision on selling the US-Japanese joint develeoped SM-3 missile defense system to third party nations could be made this year. Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitaza and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates agreed Thursday to start talks about this possibility. They also confirmed their unity over regional issues, including the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
As a U.S. Politician traveled to North Korea to tell them to “calm down”, a report by a Newspaper said that North Korea is preparing for a third Nuclear Test. U.S. Intelligence agencies believe that it could be testing these weapons in order to gain leverage in International Talks it is seeking. Furthermore, this could be a way for the North to get aid for its bad economy. In addition, the South said it has been monitoring the North, and no activity exists.