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Russian warns that missile defense disagreement threatens gains


A North Korean mock Scud-B missile, center, and other South Korean mock missiles are displayed at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, July 4, 2009. North Korea fired five ballistic missiles off its eastern coast Saturday, South Korea said, a violation of U.N. resolutions and an apparent message of defiance to the United States on its Independence Day. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's foreign minister is warning that the
continuing disagreement over a proposed U.S. missile defense system
could threaten progress on nuclear arms cuts.
The Russian official says if the U.S. goes ahead with the
defense system, it could jeopardize progress toward a new nuclear
treaty, one of the achievements of President Barack Obama's visit
to Moscow.
As he prepared to leave Russia, Obama today called on Russians
to move beyond Cold War thinking and work with the United States on
common goals.
The president told graduates of the New Economic School that
"it is difficult to forge a lasting partnership between former
adversaries." But he said it's in the interest of both countries
to halt the spread of nuclear weapons, confront violent extremists,
ensure economic prosperity and advance the rights of people.

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