|Russia says Iran deal removes need for U.S. missile shield||
TEHRAN – A successful deal on Iran’s nuclear program would remove the need for the United States to build an anti-missile shield in Europe, Reuters quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Thursday.
Russia strongly opposes the missile defense system, saying it will upset the post-Cold War strategic balance and undermine its security. Washington says the shield is not directed against Russia, but is meant to counter potential threats from the Middle East.
“Implementation of the Geneva agreement on Iran will remove the cause for construction of a missile shield in Europe,” Lavrov told a news conference on a visit to Poland, where interceptors for the missile shield are due to be deployed by 2018.
He was referring to an interim agreement reached in Geneva on November 24 by Iran and six global powers on the country’s nuclear program. Under the deal, Tehran would limit its nuclear work in exchange for a modest easing of sanctions against the country.
Last week, Tehran broke off discussions with the six powers in anger at the U.S. blacklisting of more Iranian individuals and companies. Technical talks resumed in Geneva on Thursday about how to implement the deal, which all sides say they hope will lead to a permanent solution to the protracted dispute.
“Everything indicates that full implementation of international deal with Iran will take a year,” Lavrov said.
He said the missile shield, which is due to be completed after 2020, posed a serious threat to global stability.
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