President Obama's decision to abandon a Bush-era missile defense system
in Europe and establish a partly ship-based shield against Iranian
rockets could tighten U.S. pressure on the Islamic republic and ease a
simmering rift with Russia.
Rather than defend Europe and the United States against a handful of
intercontinental ballistic missiles, military officials said, they must
now counter Tehran's successful efforts to manufacture hundreds of
smaller, shorter-range missiles.
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