Archived News Articles: NMD and Foreign Policy
5/12/2001 from The New York Times:
Talks Don't Calm Foes of Antimissile Plan
By PATRICK E. TYLER The New York Times
Saturday May 12 01:31 AM EDT
"... Moscow's message today included a new warning from
military leaders that "Russia possesses the technical,
intellectual and technological potential" to respond to
a unilateral American deployment of missile defenses.
Prominent Russian foreign policy specialists have hinted
that Russia may provide China with technologies to
strengthen or expand its nuclear arsenal. ..."
"... In New Delhi, Deputy Secretary of State Richard L.
Armitage emerged "delighted" from talks with Prime
Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, who has applauded Mr.
Bush's proposal to make further reductions in nuclear
arsenals. But like most leaders consulted this week, Mr.
Vajpayee offered no endorsement for the Bush missile
defense plan. ... Mr. Armitage also singled out Pakistan
today as a possible "rogue" state - along with North
Korea, Iran and Iraq - whose missile programs were of
concern to the United States. While Mr. Armitage was in
New Dehli, the Chinese prime minister, Zhu Rongji, was
holding consultations with Pakistan's leaders."
5/12/2001 from AP:
Pakistan, China Warn Against U.S.
By AMIR ZIA, Associated Press Writer Updated 4:43 PM
ET May 12, 2001
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - China and Pakistan warned
Saturday that a U.S. missile shield program will trigger
a nuclear arms race ...
5/12/2001 from AP: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010512/wl/koreas_missile_defense_1.html
NKorea Warns Seoul on Missiles
By SOO-JEONG LEE, Associated Press Writer
Saturday May 12 6:02 AM ET
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea's state-run
newspaper warned Saturday that South Korea will be
doomed to ``ruin and death'' if it participates in
Washington's proposed missile defense system. ...
5/12/2001 from Reuters Top Stories:
Australia: U.S. Missile Plan Only Part of the Discussion
By REUTERS May 12, 2001
ADELAIDE, Australia -- Australia expressed strong
support Saturday for the United States' proposed
anti-missile shield, but said other arms control issues
like a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty also needed
to be on the agenda. Australia's Foreign Affairs
Minister Alexander Downer said he believed the U.S.
missile defense system would go ahead with broad
international support, despite misgivings expressed by a
range of nations, including Russia, China, Germany and
France. ``It will proceed,'' he told reporters after
meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James
Kelly in Adelaide. ...Officials said Kelly would leave
Australia Saturday for Singapore, ahead of his visit
Monday to Beijing, which has said it is ``firmly
opposed'' to the missile defense plan. ...
5/13/2001 Old article at CBS:
ClA Report Warns Of Nuclear Arms Race
WASHINGTON, August 10, 2000
(AP) A new U.S. intelligence report predicts China would
accelerate its nuclear arms buildup if the United States
erected a national defense against long-range missiles. ...
5/13/2001 Opinion from the L.A. Times:
By FRANCES FITZGERALD
Sunday, May 13, 2001
"Like his predecessors, George W. Bush has promised a
missile defense he may have difficulty delivering. ..."
5/14/2001 from AP:
N.Korea Warns U.S. on Missile Plan
MAY 13, 22:42 EST
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea warned Sunday that
it would take a ``strong'' countermeasure if the United
States tries to build an anti-missile shield. ...``We
will take a strong countermeasure if the U.S. deploys
missile defense under the pretext of a 'threat' from
(North Korea),'' said a commentary in the North's
official communist party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun. ``Our
countermeasure will not be bound to anything and we will
not care about an arms race.'' ...
5/14/2001 from MSNBC News Services:
EU establishes ties with North Korea
BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 14 The European Commission
announced Monday it will establish diplomatic relations
with North Korea to facilitate European efforts to
secure reconciliation on the Korean peninsula. The move
follows gradually improving relations between Western
Europe and the communist state just as the United States
is reviewing its ties with the Pyongyang government. ...
5/14/2001 from AP:
U.S. Wants ABM Treaty Revisited
By GEORGE GEDDA, Associated Press Writer
Updated 11:42 AM ET May 14, 2001
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Colin Powell said
Monday the United States hopes to coax Russia into
accepting the view that changes in the global security
situation require a reexamination of the Anti-Ballistic
Missile Treaty of 1972.
Powell acknowledged in an interview with CNN that the
Russians remain unconvinced about the administration's
desire to build a national missile defense system to
deal with the new realities. But, he said, the United
States is willing to take Russian views into account,
noting that a senior U.S. delegation visited Moscow last
week and that Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov will
be here for talks this Friday.
"It's the beginning of a process of consultation,"
Powell said. He also said Russia itself may benefit from
having a missile defense capability. Responding to
suggestions that the United States is pursuing a
go-it-alone policy on a missile defense, ignoring the
sentiments of allies as well as Russia and China, Powell
said, "there is nothing peremptory about this. There is
nothing unilateralist about this. There's nothing
arrogant about it." ...
5/14/2001 from AP:
U.S. To Construct Missile Defense
By BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer
Updated 5:28 PM ET May 14, 2001
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration affirmed
Monday it would construct a defense against missiles, if
one is needed, whatever Russia and other nations may
think of the plan. President Bush and Secretary of
State Colin Powell are expected to make the point when
they meet Friday with the Russian Foreign Minister Igor
Asked Monday if the United States would go ahead anyhow
if Bush and his senior advisers opted for a missile
shield, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said
``the secretary has made clear, the president has made
clear that we intend to proceed with defense, and
defense is part of our ... strategic framework.''
5/14/2001 from Reuters: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010514/wl/arms_usa_russia_dc_5.html
Russian Official Calls U.S. Missile Scheme Laughable
By Ron Popeski
MOSCOW (Reuters) - An adviser to President Vladimir
Putin said in interviews published on Monday that U.S.
arguments to justify its planned missile shield made him
laugh, but he predicted Washington would build the
system anyway. ... Sergeyev said Russia was now
``certain the United States will proceed with
construction of a national anti-missile system.'' ...
5/16/2001 from Reuters: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010516/pl/arms_canada_usa_dc_1.html
Canada in Dark Over U.S. Missile Defense Plan
By David Ljunggren
Wednesday May 16 12:25 PM ET
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is still largely in the dark
about a proposed U.S. missile defense system, despite a
visit by a top-level delegation from Washington to
discuss the controversial concept. ...
But the country's most influential newspaper, the Globe
and Mail, said on Wednesday that the Canadian stance had
become an international embarrassment. ``Missile defense
is a bad idea -- expensive, unproven, unnecessary,
illegal and destabilizing. If Canada really counts
itself a friend of the United States, it will stop
pulling its punches and say so,'' the paper said in its
lead editorial. ...
Canadian officials said it was clear the United States
had little idea of what kind of system it would choose,
how it might work, where it would be based, how much it
would cost and what effect it might have on global
Canada will now start an active round of consultations
with its NATO allies as well as with Russia and China,
both of which oppose NMD.
5/17/2001 from AP:
Rumsfeld Meets Lawmakers on Defense
By CAROLYN SKORNECK, Associated Press Writer
Thursday May 17 1:14 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) - Top national security officials were
touring the Capitol Thursday to sell the Bush
administration's defense plans to members of Congress
who will be influential in deciding whether those plans
become reality. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld,
conducting a comprehensive review of U.S. military
strategy, was meeting with the chairmen and top
Democrats of key House and Senate committees to brief
them on that effort.
The first stop by Bush administration officials was the
Republican House Policy Committee, where lawmakers were
told allies had a strongly positive response during
consultations on U.S. plans to build a national missile
defense, said Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif. He is
chairman of the panel. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul
Wolfowitz and Rich Falkenrath of the National Security
Council staff recently visited government leaders in
several European and Asian capitals and spoke to the
policy committee about those consultations. ``The clear
thinking President Bush expressed in his May 1 speech
had a refreshing impact around the world,'' Cox said in
a statement. That's a far different assessment than the
one given Tuesday by Rear Adm. Craig Quigley, a Pentagon
spokesman, who said foreign reaction was mixed. ...
5/17/2001 from Reuters: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010517/pl/arms_vietnam_usa_dc_1.html
Vietnam Says No Talks Held on U.S. Military Base
Thursday May 17 6:28 AM ET
HANOI (Reuters) - The Vietnamese government said on
Thursday it had not talked to the United States about
the possibility of establishing a U.S. military base in
On Tuesday, a report authorized by a senior aide to
President Bush advocated major adjustments to U.S.
strategy and military posture in Asia, including
developing Guam as a key military hub and possibly
opening new bases in Oman and Vietnam. ...
In March, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit
to Vietnam, during which he and counterpart Tran Duc
Luong declared a new strategic partnership covering
military, trade and economic cooperation.
From AP: 5/18/02
Ex-Army Chief: Bush Strategy Wrong
By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
Friday May 18 5:33 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) - The man who guided the Army's first
post-Cold War cutbacks says the Bush administration
appears headed toward the ``easy but erroneous''
conclusion that space and missile defense, rather than
ground forces, should be the main building blocks of
U.S. security. ...
5/18/2001 from Reuters: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010518/pl/russia_usa_consultations_dc_1.html
Powell Says Limit on U.S. Arms Consultations
Friday May 18 6:07 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Colin Powell
said on Friday there was a limit to consultations with
other countries on U.S. plans for missile defense after
which Washington would have to take action in its own
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