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India Rules Out Accepting US Missile Defence System

AFP photo of Pranab Mukherjee and Donald Rumsfeld signing a 10-year plan for military cooperation in Washington a week ago.

New Delhi (AFP) Jul 05, 2005
India on Tuesday ruled out accepting a missile defence system from the United States.

"There is no question of accepting (a) missile shield from anyone," Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee told a news conference in reply to a question.

"What we are interested in is developing our own missile programme and we are doing that."

The United States said last June that it was willing to talk to India about supplying missile defence systems.

"We are willing to talk to India about missile defence. Missile defence is very expensive. So it is not something that India will enter into lightly," US assistant secretary of state for arms control, Stephen Rademaker, had told reporters on a visit to New Delhi.

India and the United States last week signed a groundbreaking 10-year plan for military cooperation during a visit to Washington by Mukherjee.

India, a Cold War ally of the Soviet Union, has recently moved closer to the United States.

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