Putin: U.S. continues working on missile shield despite solved Iran problem

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The problem of Iran has been solved, the U.S., however, continues to develop its missile defense system

The problem of Iran's nuclear program has been solved, the United States, however, continues to develop its missile defense system, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

"The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from it (the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty). Today the Iranian nuclear problem is solved, there was and is no threat from Iran, as we were saying. The reason that spurred our U.S. partners to build a missile defense system is gone," the president told the Valdai Discussion Club.

"We would have been right to expect that the work on U.S. missile shield would stop as well. None of that is happening, everything continues," the president said.

One of these days saw the first tests of the missile defense system in Europe, he said. Russia, which argued with its U.S. partners on this issue, turned out to be right, he said.

"We, and the whole world, were being misled once again, or put more simply, cheated," Putin said.

The U.S. main goal was "to break the strategic balance, change the configuration of forces in its favor so as to not just dominate but be able to dictate its own will to all and its geopolitical competitors and its allies," Putin said.

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