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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. NMD Slammed

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Russia said Thursday that U.S. plans to develop a national missile defense, or NMD, scheme were a "matter of deep concern" and would stop further strategic arms reduction and trigger a new arms race.

"The U.S. plans to develop the NMD are a matter of deep concern," Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said in a speech to the ASEAN Regional Forum. "As a result, further strategic offensive arms reduction would become impossible and the entire system of arms reduction and limitation agreements would be revised."

U.S. President Bill Clinton will decide by early September whether to keep the NMD on a fast track for 2005.