Czech Republic won't participate in U.S. missile shield program

10:22, June 16, 2011      

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Plans to build an early warning center for the U.S. missile shield in Prague have been shelved, Czech Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra said Wednesday.

Vondra told reporters after talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn that the Czech Republic withdrew from the program because the center was no longer needed.

"We will seek another way to participate in the project," he said.

The Bush administration first proposed an advanced radar in the Czech Republic, but in September 2009 the Obama administration dropped that plan and offered to build the early warning center.

Source: Xinhua
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