US in Talks to Move Missile Defense System to Germany


The U.S. military is considering plans to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system to Germany in a powerful boost to Europe’s military defenses.

Reuters reports that preliminary discussions about the move were held before the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and were started in part over concerns about Iran’s continued development of nuclear missiles.

Trump’s early May announcement that the U.S. would abandon the Iran pact aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear missile added urgency to the talks.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon cautioned that no plans to send the THAAD system have yet been authorized and that the Defense Department would not discuss military planning.

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