posted on Oct, 11 2003 @ 06:10 AM
2106 GMT -
In an interview for an article slated to run Oct. 10,
U.S. officials told Germany's Sueddeutsche newspaper that they are considering stationing defensive missiles in various European countries.
Citing State Department sources, Sueddeutsche reports that Washington is concerned about a possible Iranian attack, due to its alleged development of
a satellite program.
Noting that should Iran acquire the ability to send satellites into space would raise the chances of the country firing intercontinental missiles. The
United States would like to develop a defensive missile network in response, a high-ranking official told the German paper, but he said he doubted
that NATO approval would be forthcoming.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said there is no new information concerning Washington's discussions to develop an Allied missile shield.
"Obviously, missile defense is important to us,"
Boucher said. "We've been working on it. We've been cooperating with other governments around the world: Russia, Europeans and others."