CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2000
In "Albright Defends U.S. Disarmament Record" (April 25), Secretary of State Madeleine Albright justifies U.S. plans to develop a limited system of ground-based interceptors directed against potential missile programs of states such as North Korea, Iran and Iraq. Not only are these states incapable of launching any real attack on the U.S., but they would have to be suicidal to launch a few missiles at U.S. targets, knowing that our nuclear arsenal would decimate their nations in minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2000
Warfare state paranoia oozes from the April 9 editorial, "Russia a Key in Missile Plan." It makes the case for the plan of Congress and the president to expand our missile defenses, which requires amending or abrogating the successful 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and sabotaging any effort of Russian President-elect Vladimir V. Putin to get the Russian Duma to finally ratify the START II treaty. The justification offered is the threat of a small number of missiles by rogue states, such as North Korea.
October 21, 1999 |
The Russian government said Wednesday that it has turned down Washington's proposal to amend the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in exchange for U.S. help in completing a major radar site. The U.S. has offered to help finish a radar installation near Irkutsk, Siberia, in exchange for renegotiating the ABM pact to allow both nations to deploy limited national missile defense systems. Vladimir O. Rakhmanin, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Moscow was against "bargaining" on the pact.
January 23, 1999 |
Russia sought to downplay its foreign policy differences with the United States on Friday but warned that it will firmly oppose any effort by the U.S. to modify the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Preparing for U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's visit to Moscow on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Igor S. Ivanov struck a conciliatory tone despite recent differences over Iraq, Kosovo and other parts of the world.
September 24, 1996 |
U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher and his Russian counterpart announced a "milestone" agreement Monday clarifying the legality of certain U.S. weapons used to defend against slower-flying ballistic missiles. "This important progress assures that we can effectively defend against theater ballistic missiles while ensuring the integrity of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty," Christopher said after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny M. Primakov. "We reached a milestone," he said.
June 26, 1989 |
Five former secretaries of state and defense urged the Bush Administration today to push hard for a nuclear weapons reduction treaty with the Soviet Union and to show restraint in developing space-based defenses. A report signed by 11 ex-officials, including the five secretaries, concluded Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev is more inclined than any of his predecessors to reach accords with the United States that further Western interests. But James Schlesinger, who was secretary of defense in the Richard M. Nixon Administration, criticized the Soviet leader for agreeing last week to resume arms aid to Iran.