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Gates: U.S. Could Build Euro Missile Defense Now and Activate It Later

October 24, 2007

By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer 

PRAGUE, Czech Republic – The United States might delay activating its proposed missile defense sites in Europe until it has “definitive proof” of a missile threat from Iran, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday.

Robert Michael Gates
Robert Gates

At a news conference after meeting Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, Gates said the United States would proceed with current plans to build the sites in Europe but possibly wait before putting them in working order.

The proposal has already been presented to the Russians, who strongly oppose having U.S. missile defense ….

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