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----- Original Message -----
From: mart <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: KIM <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; People's Voice <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; Vicki Andrada
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 11:22 PM
Subject: [C-I] Fw: US to withdraw from 1972 missile treaty

----- Original Message -----
From: Barry Stoller <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 5:14 PM
Subject: US to withdraw from 1972 missile treaty

 Ananova. 11 December 2001. US to withdraw from 1972 missile treaty.

 George Bush is to give Russia notice that the United States are to
 withdraw from the 1972 nuclear treaty.

 The treaty bans testing of missile defence systems.

 Bush will announce the decision in the next few days, invoking a clause
 that requires the US and Russia to give six months' notice before
 abandoning the pact.

 It is seen as the first step by Bush towards deploying an anti-missile
 system that he says will protect the US and its allies from missiles
 fired by rogue nations.

 Bush has said the September 11 terrorist attacks heightened the need for
 such a system.

 Russia and many US allies have warned Bush that withdrawing from the
 pact might trigger a nuclear arms race.

 Bush defended his position during a national security speech at a
 military academy in North Carolina.

 "Last week we conducted another promising test of our missile defence
 technology," he said.

 "For the good of peace [!], we're moving forward with an active
 programme to determine what works and what does not work.

 "In order to do so, we must move beyond the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile
 Treaty, a treaty that was written in a different era, for a different
  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 Barry Stoller

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