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Unified BMD system in the Middle East2012-04-06 15:46
United States and six Arab countries of the Persian Gulf have agreed to create a unified missile defense system designed to send a "right message" to Iran. This was stated by the Foreign Minister of Bahrain Sheikh Khaled Ahmad Al-Khalifa in an interview with Japanese newspaper "Asahi".
As reported by the ITAR-TASS, the United States and six Arab countries of the Persian Gulf have agreed to create a unified missile defense system designed to send a "right message" to Iran. This was stated by the Foreign Minister of Bahrain Sheikh Khaled Ahmad Al-Khalifa in an interview with Japanese newspaper "Asahi".
"PRO - is the basis of our cooperation", the Foreign Minister of Bahrain Sheikh Khaled Ahmad Al-Khalifa said. "We have agreed with the United States to discuss the details and take a final decision by June". According to the minister, are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain are Kuwait participating in the consultation with Washington.
The question is, in particular, is about how to deploy a unified radar network and organize a system of information exchange in the region. Missile complexes "Patriot" have already been established in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The unified missile defense system is designed primarily to cover the possible strike on oil fields and terminals.
"We have no other danger except Iran", Sheikh Khaled Ahmad Al-Khalifa said answering the question about a potential enemy. He added that a unified missile defense system should become the "right signal" to Iran, the RIA Novosti reported.
Late March, the Pentagon announced that the U.S. had plans to deploy elements of missile defense not only in Europe but in Asia and the Middle East.
Last Saturday, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated the U.S. government was going to help the Gulf countries to establish a regional missile defense system designed to oppose a possible attack from Iran.
It was noted that the new plan to deploy a missile defense plan would be worked out not only by the U.S., but also by Australia, Korea and Japan. In this regard, Washington is going to negotiate in a trilateral format with Australia and Japan, as well as with Japan and South Korea, the VZGLIAD reported.