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NATO Head To Call For Making Missile Defense An Alliance Priority

Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Anders Fogh Rasmussen

BRUSSELS -- The head of NATO will call on March 27 for making missile defense a priority for the alliance and to "use every opportunity to cooperate on this with Russia."

Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will also call on the alliance to try to reach a decision on missile defense by NATO's next summit in November.

Rasmussen, who is due to speak at a NATO conference in Brussels, made a draft of his speech available to the media today.

The NATO chief says that current trends show a "real and growing" threat from weapons of mass destruction, and notes that if Tehran "were to complete development of intermediate and intercontinental missiles, then the whole of the European continent, as well as all of Russia, would be in range."