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Thursday, 4 May 2017

China Demanded that the USA Stop Its Deployment of THAAD ABMs in the ROK Immediately

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On Tuesday, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang said:

China’s position on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) issue hasn’t changed. We oppose the deployment of the US missile system to the ROK and call on all parties to stop this process immediately. We’re ready to take necessary measures to protect our interests.

Colonel Rob Manning, US Forces Korea spokesman, told us earlier:

The THAAD system is operational and has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles and defend the Republic of Korea.

Supposedly, the ground-based THAAD missile system intercepts ballistic missile warheads at the end of their mid-course phase and during their approach to a target, to protect cities and key facilities from both short-range and strategic ballistic missiles. The USA claimed that they deployed the THAAD system in the ROK because of the DPRK’s nuclear missile threat. Seoul and Washington agreed on the deployment in July 2016. Russia and China strongly opposed this agreement.

2 May 2017

TASS

http://tass.com/world/944142

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

16 September 2014. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky. They’re My New TARGETS! 2014

00 Vitaly Podvitsky. Nope, New targets! 2014

They’re My New TARGETS!

Vitaly Podvitsky

2014

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The USA boasts of its “overwhelming conventional superiority”… that isn’t so… it’s never been so… it won’t be so in future, either. Note how unwelcoming the Eastern Europeans became to American plans for ABM bases after Russia said, “Fine… if you allow such bases, we’ll install Iskander SRBMs in Kaliningrad Oblast”. You see, the Iskanders would hit their targets before any ABM system would lock onto them. Czechia and Poland suddenly lost interest in such bases, reasoning that they didn’t want to become Priority One targets for Russian strategic assets. Fancy that…

“Overwhelming superiority”, indeed…

BMD

Saturday, 30 March 2013

A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin… Two Reasons why the USA Abandoned ABM Defence Bases in Eastern Europe

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Newly-appointed US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel stated that Washington scrapped its plans to deploy ABM bases in Poland and Romania. Some analysts interpreted this move as a goodwill gesture towards Russia, given Moscow’s opposition to the deployment of American ABM bases in proximity to its borders, as it sees such deployments as a threat to its national security. Most likely, the Washington leadership didn’t have such ideas. The decision to abandon commitments that went back to the times of President George H. W. Bush during the 1989 Malta Summit is due to other causes. Whatever the reasons for such a gesture, it definitely wasn’t prompted by concerns about Russia. Two major reasons prompted the recent decision to abandon the planned American ABM bases in Poland and Romania.

Firstly, the missile defence system on which the USA has worked on for decades, since Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” Strategic Defence Initiative, is ineffective. According to Professor Richard Garwin, one of the scientists behind the American hydrogen bomb, speaking to the US Senate, “The American ABM defence system in its current form is simply useless”. After reviewing the situation, a Congressional panel set up to look into the credibility of Garwin’s conclusion found that the widely-hyped potential of the US ABM defence shield was mostly theoretical, on paper. Its report stated, “Bluntly put, it has no basis in reality”. Several years ago, a group of Nobel Prize-winning academics wrote a report addressed to the US President, warning, “It’s impossible to create an effective ABM defence shield, given the current level of scientific and technical knowledge, and it’d be devastating to American national interests, undermining its present economic and political arrangements”.

The state of the US economy is the second reason behind Washington’s decision to call off ABM defence plans for Eastern Europe. A disproportionately-huge US federal debt, some 17 trillion USD (529 trillion Roubles. 13.3 trillion Euros. 11.2 trillion UK Pounds), forced American leaders to cut back on their enormous appetites. The billions of dollars that’d be necessary to deploy ABM bases are too much of a burden for the US federal budget. These two reasons, rather than a notional missile threat coming from the DPRK, or concerns about American-Russian relations, made Washington give up its long-planned and much-cherished ABM defence plans. Moscow has no illusions regarding the true causes of the “peaceful sentiments” seen on the banks of the Potomac. However, if these sentiments become reality, then, Russia would be happy about it.

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Valentin Zorin

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_03_30/Why-did-US-scrap-missile-defense-plans-for-Eastern-Europe/

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2013_03_27/SSHA-dve-prichini-otkazatsja-ot-razvertivanija-raketnih-baz/

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Could Romney Deliver on His Hawkish Pledges?

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The campaign pledges of American Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney include 50 new ships for the US Navy and, notably, a tougher stance towards Putin on everything that concerns missile defence. The crux of the matter is that George W Bush planned to deploy an early-warning radar site near Prague in Czechia and ABM interceptor silos in northern Poland. Barack Obama deemed this layout useless against Russia and superfluous for fending off potential missile threats from North Korea and Iran. Accordingly, he redirected American missile defence development plans towards Rumania, Turkey, and the Eastern Mediterranean. Apparently, Romney’s promising a return to the original layout plus heavy interceptor rockets, also positioned in Poland and capable of destroying Russian ICBMs within moments of their blast-off. To put it bluntly, Mitt’s planning another Cold War. Can Mitt deliver on his defence plans? The answer is “no”. They’re no more than hawkish campaign rhetoric. Should he try to implement them, the debt- and deficit-burdened USA would have to squander tens of billions more dollars each year and reduce resources allocated to programmes to fend off looming military threats from China. America’s real moneybag rulers would immediately put things right and make Romney’s ABM plans fizzle out.

10 October 2012

Ilya Kramnik

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_10_10/Could-Romney-deliver-on-his-hawkish-pledges/

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