Kissinger Calls For Missile Cuts

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger called on the United States and Russia to make significant cuts in their nuclear arsenals and collaborate on an anti-missile shield to thwart threats from "rogue" states such as Iran.

Negotiations on a new nuclear weapons accord "should be the occasion to explore significant reductions," Kissinger told a security conference in Munich on Friday.

Kissinger urged U.S. President Barack Obama to strike a compromise with Moscow over missile defense.

Speaking as an "observer" of the new U.S. administration, Kissinger said a Russian proposal to bind its radar into the U.S. system "has always seemed to me a creative political and strategic approach." Under President George W. Bush, little headway was made with that proposal, floated last year by Moscow.

Kissinger also denied a report by London's Daily Telegraph that he was in Moscow on a secret mission for Obama to win support for an arms reduction proposal. Kissinger said he met President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow in December, "but not as an envoy." Kissinger met Putin at least eight times in the past six years, prompting talk he was Bush's envoy.

(Bloomberg, MT)