. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Missile Treaty Halted

WASHINGTON () -- Signing of a U.S.-Russian agreement to permit testing of some missile defenses is being called off due to a last-minute dispute with Moscow.

The agreement was announced last month by Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov. It was to have been signed Friday in Geneva.

But late last week Moscow objected to the agreement taking immediate effect, and efforts to resolve the dispute have failed, an official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The agreement deals with the complicated issue of what kinds of missile defense can be tested without violating the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty or requiring its renegotiations.