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U.S. wants to expand defenses

Compiled from Times wires
Published May 22, 2006


WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is moving to establish an antimissile site in Europe designed to stop attacks by Iran.

The administration's proposal, which comes amid rising concerns about Iran's suspected program to develop nuclear weapons, calls for installing 10 antimissile interceptors at a European site by 2011.

Poland and the Czech Republic are among the nations under consideration.

The final cost, including the interceptors themselves, is estimated at $1.6-billion. Iran does not have any intercontinental range missiles.

While the plan has been described in congressional testimony and in published reports, it has received relatively little attention in the United States.

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