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Russia Tests Modernized Missile Defense System

Kiev, Ukraine (AFP) Nov 29, 2004
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Monday that the military had successfully tested a modernized missile defense system, but he gave no details of the missile involved.

News reports quoted Ivanov as telling President Vladimir Putin the test was completed at the Sary-Shagaz testing range in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.

"We intend to continue perfecting and modernizing our missile defense system," Ivanov was quoted as telling by Russian news agencies.

Putin replied: "Good. Congratulations!"

The brief exchange came less than two weeks after Putin startled the world by announcing that Russia was carrying out tests on "the latest nuclear rocket systems."

Russia has been cryptic about missile defense or other system it is working on, amid efforts to counter the proposed US missile defense shield.

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Tokyo (AFP) Nov 22, 2004
Japan said Monday it wanted to speed up its military response to a potential missile attack as a report said the officially pacifist country was willing to let the prime minister take direct action in a crisis.

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