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Lavrov: US missile defense program needs to be revised after success at Iran nuclear talks

April 16, 2015, 12:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Lavrov reminded that US President Barack Obama said that the adaptive approach signaled the US readiness to adapt the plans on missile defense to the real situation at talks on Iran
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MOSCOW, April 16. /TASS/. If the US continues implementing its missile defence program after the successful Iran nuclear talks, then its motives will be clear to everyone, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the Moscow international security conference on Thursday.

"If the implementation of the global missile defense program continues without being revised, even amid progress at talks on Iran’s nuclear program, then the motives for building the missile shield in Europe will be evident for everyone," Lavrov said.

"Now it is already clear: when the adaptive approach towards creating missile shield was announced, they were lying to us," the minister stressed.

Lavrov reminded that US President Barack Obama said that the adaptive approach signaled the US readiness to adapt the plans on missile defense to the real situation at talks on Iran.

"Now significant progress has been reached at these talks," the Russian foreign minister said. "And plans on their 'adaptability' remain the same," he said.

Infographics US missile defense system and NATO European Missile Defense System US missile defense system and NATO European Missile Defense System

The US has announced plans to reject the deployment of the fourth stage of the missile defense system in Europe and to refocus towards protection against potential North Korea missile attacks. Infographics by TASS

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