Russia Should Join U.S., Europe on Missile Defense Against Iran

Sen. Carl Levin, who chairs the Armed Services Committee, says he believes the time is ripe for the U.S. to pursue with Russia a joint missile defense effort aimed at deterring Iran.

Levin says he has spoken about the issue with the new administration, including a private conversation with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as some Russian officials.

The senior Michigan Democrat says there is potential for a “real breakthrough” in the U.S. relationship with Russia, which has been strained over a U.S. program to build radars in Eastern Europe. The key, he says, is to focus on U.S. and Russia’s shared desire to prevent Iran from building nuclear-armed missiles.

–Associated Press

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