Thursday, August 27, 2009

Russia Deploys a Missile Defence Shield to North Korea Border?

Reuters is reporting that Russia had deployed a missile defense shield. I am a bit skeptical to the effectiveness. The United States does not have a fool-proof missile shield. Israel does not even have a fool-proof missile shield. Russia in its current state beating both the United States and Israel to the punch seems unlikely. Well, Obama has shown no interest in the system so they might be us to the punch. This could prove slightly problematic to Obama not pursuing the missile shield. One of his main reasons was that it might 'anger' Russia and spark another arms race. If Russia is developing one of their own for the same reason we are, that is no longer a legitimate reason.

"Russia has deployed a missile defence system near its border with North Korea and is studying other measures to protect its population from stray missiles, Russia's top general said on Wednesday.

Russia shares a small border with North Korea in the Far East and its main Pacific port of Vladivostok, with a population of 600,000, lies only 150 km (95 miles) from North Korea.
"We are definitely concerned by the conditions under which tests are being carried out in North Korea, including nuclear devices," the chief of Russia's general staff Nikolai Makarov told journalists in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator.

"We already have an S-400 division there," he said, referring to a modernised version of a Soviet-designed surface-to-air missile unit.

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