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New Missiles Threat to Australia's Neighbours? (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 08:31 AM
Is Australia preparing to move its focus on war from the Middle East to North Korea and other asian neighbours by purchasing up to $450M worth of stealth cruise missiles? Will regional neighbours consider the purchase a threat or just an badly needed update of weapons?
Australia was not threatening its northern neighbours by purchasing sophisticated new long-range missiles, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said.

The government said it would spend between $350 million and $450 million on new Stealth Cruise missiles.

Indonesia's chief foreign affairs spokesman Marty Natalegawa said while defence purchases were a decision for Australia's government, Canberra could not expect its regional neighbours to react kindly.

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With the recent threats from North Korea to various nations around the world and the tense relationship between Australia and Indonesia (which has a large muslim population) further tension can be expected by this announcement.

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