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Sep 17, 2009 9:29 AM by Associated Press

US to adjust European missile defense plan

The Pentagon says the Obama administration is making a "major adjustment" to a European missile defense plan that has been an irritant in relations with Russia.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell says the plan has been changed to better protect U.S. forces and allies in Europe from Iranian missile attacks.

Earlier Thursday, the prime minister of the Czech Republic, one of two countries where the system was to be built, said President Barack Obama had told him the United States would abandon the plan.

The Pentagon says the change comes in part because the U.S. has concluded that Iran is less focused on developing the kind of long-range missiles for which the original system was developed.

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