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Last updated: 17 september, 2009 - 17:23 GMT

Obama scraps missile defence plan

A C300 anti-aircraft missile

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President Barack Obama has announced that he is shelving former President Bush's plans for a missile defence system in Europe.

The project had become a major irritant in relations between the United States and Russia.

Instead of basing long-range interceptors in Poland and the Czech Republic, Mr Obama said there would be a redesigned defensive system that would be cheaper and more effective against the threat from Iranian missiles.

First broadcast 17 September 2009

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