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April 6, 1997 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defense Secretary William S. Cohen warned South Korea on Saturday that it could endanger U.S. aircraft--and cause political fallout in the United States--if it buys sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missiles rather than a U.S. product. As he began his first trip to Asia as defense chief, Cohen said that if, South Korea deployed the Russian-made SA-12 missile, the weapons could improperly lock on to U.S. aircraft that patrol the heavily fortified Korean peninsula.
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April 6, 1997 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defense Secretary William S. Cohen warned South Korea on Saturday that it could endanger U.S. aircraft--and cause political fallout in the United States--if it buys sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missiles rather than a U.S. product. As he began his first trip to Asia as defense chief, Cohen said that if, South Korea deployed the Russian-made SA-12 missile, the weapons could improperly lock on to U.S. aircraft that patrol the heavily fortified Korean peninsula.
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