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Missile-defense plan blasted
By Kazuo Kojima, Mainichi Shimbun, 14 January 2000. Less than two years ago, North Korea fired a ballistic missile that turned Japan into a hawk eager to take part in the United States' highly touted Theater Missile Defense plan. Military analyst Keiichi Nogi says the nation would do better to promote better relations with other East Asian nations instead of taking steps that are only likely to provoke them.
NMD decision delayed
Mainichi Shimbun, Editorial, 3 September 2000. We applaud Clinton's decision to put off construction of the NMD due to insufficient consultation with the major powers and America's allies. We hope that G. W. Bush will also exercise a similar degree of sensitivity and wisdom.
Russian Rocket Chief Warns U.S. on Missile Defense
Reuters, 27 December 2000. Moscow will respond to any unilateral move by the Bush administration to deploy a national missile defense shield without Russia's consent. “If that happens, then positive initiatives will be lost.” Moscow has steadfastly refused to amend the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM) which bans NMD, saying it would undermine Russia's own deterrent and trigger a new arms race that would suck in China.
Russia condemns US ‘Star Wars’
BBC News Online, 4 February 2001. A senior Russian official has strongly attacked the US plan for a limited ballistic missile defence system, warning that it could trigger a new arms race.
Controversy in Asia over US theater missile defense system; China: Plan threat to world peace. Proposal will affect global strategic balance
The Straits Times, 22 February 2001. Chinese President Jiang Zemin has denounced US plans for a missile defence shield and warned that Washington's dominance in global affairs has left the world unbalanced.
University of World Peace offers ‘True missile defence shield’
University of World Peace, press statement, 23 February 2001. A “practical and peaceful alternative to America's dangerous and highly controversial National Missile Defence shield [NMD].”
Putin warns of new arms race
ITN, 24 June 2001. “This is the first time that Mr Putin has shown that he wants to advocate and support Chinese strategic interests” Russian President Vladimir Putin has underscored the serious differences that divide Moscow and Washington over missile defence.
Spinning the nuclear missile wheel
By Stephen Blank, Asia Times, 5 May 2004. When the United States withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2002, all sorts of charges and counter charges flew. None of the main players in the nuclear arena are resting content with the idea of a defense-dominated world.