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The US wants to beef -- be -- beef up rather its missile defense systems against North Korea which recently threatened.
To launch a nuclear strike.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin explains it may come at the expense of an important ally.
When the Pentagon announced it was beeping up its missile defense of the United States adding fourteen ground based interceptors in Alaska and California.
It also announced it would eliminate phase four of its European missile defense shield advanced interceptor slate it for Romanian Poland.
We no longer intend to to add them to the -- but we'll continue to help.
The same number of deployed interceptors informant who will provide coverage.
-- and you know you're -- your -- we'll see no difference and there are ballistic missile defense.
Eliminating Europe's missile defense has been a key demand by Russia.
President Obama hinted today and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev about his plans to compromise after the US election.
-- -- -- -- -- The Pentagon is now scraping phase four of its European missile defense.
That SM three block missile interceptors that can stop Intercontinental ballistic missiles or icy IBM's like the ones that Iran is attempting to build.
The Pentagon says the decision has quote nothing to do with Russia.
Let me emphasize the strong and continued commitment of the United States to NATO missile defense.
That commitment remains ironclad.
We lost a a bargaining chip.
There's some very serious when I believe others say the stage for interceptors were never viable and wouldn't be ready soon enough.
The military implication of not developing face force Willie frankly not all that great the existing program is probably.
Initial reaction from Russia suggests their leaders do not feel quote appeased.
Russia's deputy foreign minister said quote this is not a concession to Russia and we do not see it as such -- Jennifer Griffin at the Pentagon Jennifer thank you.
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