Iran mis­sile threat

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Army Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Camp­bell said last week the threat from Iran’s mis­siles is grow­ing and that the United States needs a third anti-mis­sile intercepter site in Europe to counter it.

Gen. Camp­bell told a break­fast meet­ing of de­fense spe­cial­ists spon­sored by the Na­tional De­fense Univer­sity Foun­da­tion and Na­tional De­fense In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion that Iran is “in a sprint” to build in­tercon­ti­nen­tal-range mis­siles to com­ple­ment its cur­rent arse­nal of short- and medium-range mis­siles.

Gen. Camp­bell said a fail­ure to de­ploy a third ground-based in­ter­cep­tor site in Poland and the Czech Repub­lic would un­der­mine “the re­newed ded­i­ca­tion to mis­sile de­fense” on the part of U.S. al­lies.

Rus­sia’s gov­ern­ment op­poses the site, de­spite re­peated claims by U.S. of­fi­cials that the site will not pose a threat to Moscow’s mis­sile arse­nal.

The Ira­nian long-range mis­sile pro­gram could be “slowed down” if the United States lessens the value of those mis­siles “through the de­ploy­ment of mis­sile de­fenses,” the three-star gen­eral said.

The Ira­nian mis­sile threat prompted two states within range of Iran’s mis­siles to con­tact the United States last week about ac­quir­ing mis­sile de­fenses, in­clud­ing a key Per­sian Gulf state and a na­tion in the south­ern Cau­ca­sus.

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